Things to Do in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
When one thinks of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, outdoor adventure is the first thing that comes to mind. Whether you want to hike, ride horseback, bike, fish, picnic, or something else, we have the information you need to plan your vacation.
There are plenty of things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and we want to help you discover them all.
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Bicycling | If you are more into two wheels than four legged horses, bring your bike to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Cades Cove Loop Road is reserved for hikers and bicyclists (no motorized vehicles) on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10:00 am. Two park trails, and a portion of two others, also allow bicycles.
Explore Learning | Exploring and learning go hand in hand. Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hands-on educational programs for children and adults alike.
Take advantage of free park presentations, the Junior Ranger program, musical shows, and more. You will be amazed at how fun learning can be!
Fishing | After all that hiking, horseback riding, and biking, you are probably going to need something to eat.
Bring your rod and reel and throw a hook into the water at one of the many rivers and lakes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fishing is popular in the park and we have the information you need to plan your fishing trip.
Hiking | Vacationers from all over the world come to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to hike one or more of our 150 trails. Hiking is the top activity in the park.
Learn which trails are the most popular, get directions to the trailhead, see which trails have waterfalls, check the difficulty levels, etc. You may also read our original articles related to hiking in the park.
Horseback Riding | One of the best kept secrets of the Smoky Mountains is the wonderful horseback riding. Did you know you can rent a horse at one of five horse stables in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Ride horseback on dozens of trails throughout the park.
Ten Popular Picnic Areas | Maybe fishing for dinner is not your idea of outdoor fun, however, a nice picnic is right up your alley.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful place to pack a picnic basket, spread out a blanket, and enjoy your lunch. Grills, picnic tables, and great scenery provided!