With 408 National Park‘s across America, you’re next adventure is just a short drive outside your door. And, one of our favorite parks to visit is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, and here’s why:
This is one National Park in which there are no fee’s to visit it. When visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our first stop is at the Visitor Center. The helpful staff has maps of the park that covers over 520,000 acres. They also share information on fun events and activities like the Ranger Programs, which are a exceptional way to explore nature and wildlife within the park. And, most importantly, the Visitor Center, as well as their website, provide alerts on dangers and warning to be aware of during your visit.
A recent warning for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reveals that the black bears are very active in the fall. Where can we safely spot a few of the 1,500 black bears without getting to close? Some of the best places to view black bears as well as other wildlife in the park are the open areas of Cataloochee and Cades Cove. Along with black bears, wildlife sightings in these regions have included sighting of elk, white-tailed deer, as well as raccoon’s, turkeys, and other animals.
With around nine million visitors each year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s favorite park to visit. The fall is often busy because of the beautiful foliage so plan to visit early in the day. If you’re looking for the best fall colors take a scenic drive along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Start your drive downtown Gatlinburg, and turn at stoplight #8 onto Historic Nature Trail-Airport Road. Then, just go straight at the intersection and continue into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a nature trail that’s a short walk at the Noah “Bud” Ogle historic area, which is a wonderful place to explore life on a mountain farm.