Visit Great Smoky Mountains this Summer

One of the best road trips you can take is a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Head up to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to reach one of the main entrances to the park. Take just a few days to see parts of the park or take a week or two to get to know it better. From steep mountain passes to the rolling valleys, your eyes will never get tired of looking as they’ll see something new around every corner.

You can set up camp at one of the mountain campgrounds or stay in a hotel in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or any of the other towns in the area. Explore 270 miles of roadways and 800 miles of trails. Look for wildlife including whitetail deer, bears, ton of birds, rabbits, raccoons, opossums and more.

Since a half million acres is too much to cover in even two weeks, you’ll need to pick out a few things to do; and then plan on another trip to see some of the other things the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Cades Cove Valley

The 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road shows you 19th and early 20th century buildings including a grist mill and barns; plus you might get lucky enough to see deer and other wildlife. The loop travels around the Cades Cove Valley.

Cataloochee Valley

The Cataloochee Valley is one of the park’s lesser visited spots. The valley is surrounded by mountains and features many historic buildings including homes, a barn, a school and a church. Learn about the cultural heritage of the area when you visit this serene spot.

Mountain Farm Museum

This museum is located behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and features 19th century log buildings that were moved from their original sites in the Great Smoky Mountains so they could be preserved. Explore a house, blacksmith shop, barn, springhouse, applehouse and a smokehouse. See demonstrations of historic agricultural practices and gardening. Tour the John Davis house, a log cabin made from chestnut before the chestnut blight of the ’30s and ’40s destroyed the trees.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

Before you head out, be sure to set up an appointment at SouthTowne Motors to have your vehicle checked or serviced. And, if you are considering a new vehicle, now is a good time to stop by to test drive the vehicle you want to take on your family trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.

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