You haven’t really experienced the Great Smoky Mountains until you’ve tipped your head back and breathed the cool morning air of 6,643 ft above sea level, went off the beaten path, or got in-touch with the natural surroundings. If you’re looking for amazing views from one of America’s most visited National Park and surrounding areas of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, consider the following.
10: Old Black
Almost entirely coated with spruce-fir forests, Old Black offers a beautiful picture from afar and up close.
9: Marks Knob
Marks Knob is a notoriously difficult summit, but if you can manage the hike you’ll be rewarded with 360° degree views of both the highest skies and the lowest valleys of Southern Sixes.
8: Pigeon Forge
Located just five miles from the Great Smoky Mountains, this tourist town is booming with outdoor activities like hiking, climbing and horseback riding, making it a great place to get active and explore the Smokies. For example, any kind of zip lining in Pigeon Forge is sure to get your heart pumping! Not only is there an abundance of outdoor activities you will also be entertained with attractions, shopping, dinner shows, and local wineries offering a taste of the Great Smoky Mountains.
7: Thunderhead Mountain
Named for its tumultuous weather, Thunderhead Mountain offers an incredible look at the Smokies for anyone willing to brave a few clouds and storms.
6: Snake Den Ridge Trail
This popular trail will take you through three different kinds of forests and up a winding path that eventually leads to Mount Guyot. Be sure to pack your camera, because you won’t want to miss these sights!
If the Smoky Mountains aren’t enough for you, hike up to the old fire tower of Shuckstack and enjoy a look at not only nearby cliffs, but the distant Nantahala Mountains as well.
Gatlinburg offers a variety of thrills along with the down-home hospitality you’d expect from a Southern town. Serving as the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you will have all of the amenities that you need for a get away to the mountains to enjoy a trip in as much or as little of a rustic mountain style as you prefer.
3: The Jumpoff
Sing with the birds when you reach the peak of the Jumpoff, a 1000ft cliff that boasts one of the most mesmerizing views in the Great Smoky Mountains.
2: Forbidden Caverns
Interested in leaving the whole world behind? Well instead of heading up a mountain how about exploring inside of a mountain in the caverns that hold a maze of the formation below the surface. Any day is a great day to visit since you do not need to worry about weather conditions with virtually the same cool temperatures through out the year.
1: Clingmans Dome
One of the most famous views in the Great Smoky Mountains, Clingsmans Dome is also the highest peak of not only Tennessee and North Carolina, but the entire Appalachian Trail. If you’re looking for a view you’ll never forget, make sure to hit Clingsman Dome before you leave!