If you’re planning a trip to Tennessee, chances are you’re going to make visiting Smoky Mountains National Park one of your to-do items. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts millions of visitors each year with its abundant wildlife, majestic views and wide variety of activities.You may be wondering when the best time to visit Smoky Mountains National Park is.
Like many national parks, it is busiest during the summer months when school is out and families are enjoying their annual family vacations. However, there is not a bad a time to visit Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a fun and majestic place to visit all year round. You’ll have a unique experience depending on when you go. In the spring, visitors can take in the abundant colors of blooming wildflowers and trees, the summer months offer beautiful scenery with various pine trees, fresh mountain air and refreshing creek and waterfalls. Visitors can take a scenic hike or drive in the fall to see vibrant fall foliage and winter offers majestic snow-covered mountaintops and winter sports.
What to do at Great Smoky Mountains National Park?
No matter the time of year, you’ll find something for everyone at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can enjoy hiking, skiing, fishing, viewing wildlife and vegetation, bike riding, horseback riding, snowshoeing, picnicking, camping, backpacking, and gorgeous views. There are also museums and ranger-led programs and tours for kids and families available.The park also has scenic drives, including the Blue Ridge Parkway that is perfect for those who want to enjoy the views and the fresh air from the comfort of their car.In addition to all of the beautiful outdoor scenery and activities, many visitors are surprised by the rich history of the Smokies. There are numerous historical sites within a two-hour drive of Smoky Mountains National Park, including:
- Andrew Johnson National Historic Site - 40mi
- Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area - 60mi
- Blue Ridge ParkwayCarl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - 50mi
- Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park- 120mi
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - 95mi
With the endless year-round activities available at Smoky Mountains National Park, it is hard to do it all in a day or two. Many visitors choose to stay in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg is home to top-rated restaurants, shopping, and other attractions and events. The Gatlinburg area offers many cozy and scenic cabin rentals to choose from.The area of eastern Tennessee is both scenic and historic, and full of activities for any time of year. If you’re planning a vacation to Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy your stay in one of Pioneer Vacation Rentals cozy cabins! We have a wide selection of cabins that are available all-year round. Find the perfect cabin rental for you and book online today!