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Last Update : 2008/6/20
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Gatlinburg Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Cataloochee Oconaluftee Newfound Gap Road Clingmans Dome Cades Cove
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Visits :
  Gatlinburg  |  Cades Cove  |  Roaring Fork  |  Newfound Gap  |  Clingmans Dome  |  Oconaluftee  |  Cataloochee
Great Smoky Mountains is located in the boundary of Tennessee and North Carolina. The park area is huge and it offers something for everybody to enjoy. It is so huge that visitors need to spend days to explore.

The park has ranges of high mountains and dense forests with streams running through the valley. Magnificent view of layers of mountains is just breath taking. During fall the colorful foliage is also spectacular.

However, the scenic mountain view is not the only reason which makes Great Smoky Mountains special. The abundant wildlife, especially the reintroduction of elks from 2001, has made the mountain alive. The national park has also preserved a lot of historic buildings from the early settlers dated from early 19 century. Park visitors have opportunity to see these buildings in order to feel and imagine the lives of people who came earlier.
Location: Tennessee, North Carolina, USA East

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Park Summary
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Park Geography

Nearby City(Definition of Driving Distance and Time)
City, StateDistanceDrive Time
Atlanta, GA196 miles4:20
Nashville, TN214 miles3:50
Columbia, SC233 miles4:30
Washington, DC488 miles7:25
Cleveland, OH550 miles8:38
Detroit, MI552 miles8:44
Little Rock, AR568 miles8:28
Chicago, IL580 miles9:15
New York, NY726 miles12:03
Dallas, TX884 miles12:50
Miami, FL893 miles14:25
Minneapolis, MN1053 miles15:40
Nearby National Park(Definition of Driving Distance and Time)
National ParkDistanceDrive Time
Congaree223 miles4:00
Mammoth271 miles5:08
Shenandoah396 miles7:16
Fort Pulaski400 miles7:40
Fort McHenry525 miles8:02
Cuyahoga551 miles8:38
Hot Springs619 miles9:24
Everglades852 miles13:58
Biscayne886 miles14:28
Isle Royale1049 miles18:49
Dry Tortugas1064 miles17:50
Acadia1257 miles18:49
Voyageurs1272 miles20:28
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Weather Forecast
Monthly AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperature (ºF)34.737.746.854.562.569.572.771.966.355.346.638.6
High Temperature (ºF)46.550.560.769.376.382.484.783.978.669.460.350.6
Low Temperature (ºF)22.924.832.739.748.556.760.76053.941.232.926.5
Precipitation (inches)
Activity Suggestion
Motor Tour: There are a lot of scenic roads inside or around the national park offer very nice views. Most major roads have pullouts for visitors to stop and enjoy the view. However, the road conditions may vary and some might be driving skill challenging. Cades Cove is the most popular auto tour with beautiful valley view and display of historical buildings. It takes 4 to 8 hours for this tour. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is nearby Gatlinburg downtown. The total distance is not long yet the road condition is not good. It has been described as "small scale Smoky Mountains". It will take 1 to 2 hours for this tour.

Hiking: There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the park. Some lead to waterfalls or deep in the forest while others may lead to mountain top with spectacular overlooking views. Basic rule of thumb is that the more challenging the trail, the higher the reward is. However, due to limited time, we did not spend too much time in hiking.

You should plan at least 3 to 7 days stay in order to truly appreciate what this national park has to offer. My favorite lodging location is Gatlinburg in Tennessee. It is right beside the entrance of national park, has lots of lodging options and the downtown has a lot of entertainment opportunities, day and night, for people young or old. Asheville in North Carolina is another great place I love. It is nearby the other attractions such as Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway or Chimney Rock State Park on west of North Carolina. However, it is somewhat too far away from Great Smoky Mountains.
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