Smoky Mountains National Park

Things to do in the Smoky Mountains. From hikes to Cades Cove.

great smoky mountainsDid you know that our National Park system is celebrating 100 years of existence this year!  I love our National Parks and have been blessed to have visited many of them.  I feel especially blessed to live 20 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

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We enjoy the many offering of this park and we love to take our kids there to explore and enjoy mother nature.  This year the National Park service is hosting a Kids in Parks day.  This is a day to encourage everyone to bring their kids to a National Park and discover science, history, nature and adventure.  Click here to find a program near you.  The goal is to get 750,000 visitors on May 21.  Visit Kids in Parks day to register for some amazing prizes! Be sure to enter my giveaway below of National Geographic National Park books.

Now for some of our favorite things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains.  I think one of our favorite activities is hiking and there are so many great hikes.  Hard hikes, easy hikes, waterfall hikes and destination hikes.  There is something for everyone in the Smokies.  We also love biking Cades Cove in the Summer.  Below is some information on our favorite activities.

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Hike Spruce Flats Falls:  This is a hidden gem that is not on any official park maps.  Click here to find out all about it.  

Hike Middle Prong Trail

Hike the Little River Trail

The John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove


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Biking Cades Cove:  One of our favorite activities.  Every year the Cades Cove loop is closed to car traffic Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 am from early May to late September.  This way you can walk, bike and run the Cades Cove loop without worrying about cars.  It is our most fun activity to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Whatever activity you choose the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful destination for your family.





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    Every Summer since my kids were little we always make a point of hiking somewhere. Usually the White Mountains since they are so close to us. It’s the best free family activity! One of these days I hope we get a chance to hike the Smoky Mountains! Thanks for all the great info on them!

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