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Yellow Fall Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

My long weekend in Pigeon Forge was over but I wasn’t about to leave Tennessee without a scenic drive first. I zipped through Gatlinburg and hopped on Newfound Gap Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What a beautiful scenic drive it was. In no time at all I was surrounded by vibrant yellow from popular and sugar maple trees. The vibrant fall colors contrasted with the dark evergreens making the scenery so much more beautiful. I took nearly four hours to drive twenty miles and I don’t regret it for even a minute. Take a look at

Viewing the Elk at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you happen to be driving through Cherokee into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just before sunset chances are good you’ll spot an elk. Or several elk. Sometimes as many as two dozen will leave the dense forest behind in favor of feeding in the large field at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. But before you try to view these elk for yourself there are a few things you should know.

101 Things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country for a good reason: there are countless things to do spread across two states and thousands of acres. But sometimes it can be difficult to pick just one thing to do in the park. Other times you may find yourself in a rut doing the same thing over and over. So here I have created a list of 101 things to don in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to give you a little inspiration, a lot of suggestions, and maybe help you create your

The Hidden Wonder at Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It’s easy to miss the Elkmont Historic District even if you’re an avid traveler through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But after the first time you stroll through Daisy Town or hike along the river you’ll want to come back again and again. That’s exactly how it happened to me and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this amazing place since.

Newfound Gap Scenic Overlook at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Although not the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park I certainly felt like I was standing on the roof of the world at the Newfound Gap Scenic Overlook. It’s kinda the “center” of the park along Highway 441 between Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, making it easily accessible from must about anywhere. With a large parking area, plenty of seating, and some restrooms this is one place where I could spend all day.

Cosby Nature Loop Trail at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is much bigger than most people realize. To prove it, I’ll ask a question: have you ever been to the Cosby Campground? Have you even heard of it? Chances are only a few know where this out of the way campground is located, and even fewer have been. I’m about to give you a very good reason to visit the next time you drive through Gatlinburg.