a fake page rip for aesthetic purposes. Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennesseea fake page rip for aesthetic purposes.

5 Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the best parts of any vacation is the adventure you’ll find! Consider Great Smoky Mountains National Park your own personal playground the next time you visit the Smokies! America’s most visited national park is home to everything that makes the Smokies so special: stunning scenes of nature, captivating wildlife, important history lessons and a peaceful ambiance that refreshes the mind and soul. Here are 5 things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

1. Hiking

Lace up your boots and hit the trails! Great Smoky Mountains National Park features more than 850 miles of hiking trails, ranging from short, easy hikes for families and the inexperienced hiker to strenuous treks of significant length for the outdoor enthusiasts. Move at your own pace as you admire the beauty that surrounds you with every step deeper into the thick of the Smoky Mountain wilderness. Get the blood pumping as you experience the magic of the national park for yourself! 

Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

2. Wildlife Viewing

All sorts of fascinating animals make their home here in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! As you trek through the wilderness, you’re likely to see some of these creatures! Black bears, white-tailed deer, birds, salamanders, squirrels, turkeys, racoons and elk are some of the most commonly spotted animals in the national park. While these animals may be cute, remember to keep your distance, particularly when it comes to bears. 

Wildlife in the Smokies

3. A Picnic With Our Wines

When it’s time to take a break from your adventures in the park, enjoy a picnic alongside your crew! The park features several picnic areas where you can savor a meal while being surrounded by nature. Pack some sandwiches or other food items and a bottle of one of our Smoky Mountain wines for a peaceful experience with those you love the most. Alcohol is permitted in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for those of legal age at these designated picnic areas. Let the sights and sounds of nature provide the ultimate relaxation! 

4. Scenic Drives

A drive through the national park offers a chance to see all the beauty that exists! Some of the area’s most popular scenic drives include Cades Cove Loop Road, Foothills Parkway, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Newfound Gap Road and Wears Valley Road. Scenic drives make a great option for visitors with mobility challenges or those who would prefer not to hike! Be sure to bring your camera to snap spectacular photos of the Smokies along the way. 

Scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee

5. Visit Historical Sites

Are you a history buff? If so, you’re going to love learning about the unique history of the Smoky Mountains! Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with historical structures that tell a story of life in the Smokies for the generations that came before us. Churches and homesteads in Cades Cove, Elkmont Ghost Town, Walker Sisters Place, the Historic Ogle Cabin, Little Greenbrier School and Mingus Mill are just a handful of the many historical sites you’ll find in the park.

You can’t go wrong trying these things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Before or after your adventures in the park, we invite you to come join us at Tennessee Homemade Wines!

February 2024
Arrow pointing right
Arrow pointing right

More To Read

Wine Arrow