The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to explore nature and escape the everyday demands of life. These beautiful mountains are full of lush forests and home to a variety of wildlife. There are countless things to discover in the Smoky Mountains that will keep you busy. There is something for everyone, so no matter your age or activity level, you will have an unforgettable time in the mountains.
Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains
Hikers will enjoy the numerous trails in the Smoky Mountains year-round. Each season has something unique to offer whether that be blossoming flowers in the spring or crisp falling leaves in the fall. Due to the overwhelming number of trails throughout the mountains, it can be difficult to choose which ones to visit. Luckily, once you decide what exactly it is you are looking for, you can narrow down a trail (or two) effortlessly. For example, certain trails lead to stunning waterfalls while others feature dramatic cliffs. It is also important to be mindful of the season you are visiting in, as some trails are better suited for certain seasons.
See Wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains
Among the many other ways to experience the nature of the Smoky Mountains is to go bird watching. The mountains are home to 60 species of birds and additional birds stop in during migration. Animals such as black bears, coyotes, elk, and bobcats can also be seen in the Smoky Mountains. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out when hiking, as you never know what you may see!
Scenic Drives in the Smoky Mountains
If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, consider taking in the landscapes of the Smoky Mountains from the comfort of your car. There are several scenic drives of varying lengths to experience throughout the mountains. One of the most popular drives is the Cades Cove Loop Road, which is an 11-mile loop with breathtaking views. Cades Cove is arguably one of the most picturesque places within the Smoky Mountains and is a favorite spot amongst tourists. If you don’t mind windy roads, The Tail of The Dragon (also known as Highway 12) is a route loved by bikers and sports car drivers. This 11-mile road has over 300 curves and there is even a unique statue of a dragon. Please note that not all roads in the Smoky Mountains are open year-round and some close during the winter months.
Stay Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
To fully embrace the nature of the Smoky Mountains, you will want to stay in a relaxing cabin. Colonial Properties Cabin & Resort Rentals offers plenty of accommodations depending on your needs, to ensure you have a peaceful and fulfilling trip. Staying in a cabin is the ultimate way to experience the magical Smoky Mountains while being comfortable. They are also conveniently close to stores and attractions in the Gatlinburg area.
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