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  • Published on Jan 22, 2016
    Activities and Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains

    Activities and Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains

    Every year, thousands of people travel to the Great Smoky Mountains looking for fun, adventure, and an overall great outdoor experience.  If you are traveling to the “Smokies” as they are called, we’ve compiled a list of a few activities to consider and places where you can camp to make your travels an experience to remember.


    What to do

    There are numerous activities in and around the Great Smoky Mountains. Many are outdoor activities, but there are also ones indoor as well.  It is still January, and even though the weather isn’t too bad right now, it may still be too cold for some of the outdoor activities. Here is a list of both outdoor and indoor activities to suit you and your families. 

    1. Smoky Mountains National Park- For the outdoor enthusiasts, the national park attracts visitors from all over the country. It is renowned for its breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain tops and miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, etc.  Visitors can tackle the terrain by themselves or through guided tours.  The tours can be on foot or by bicycle or horseback; each offering their own unique views and experiences but sure not to disappoint. For more information on guided tours you can visit
    2. Hike the Appalachian Trail- There are many trails that wind in and out of the Great Smokies but none as infamous as the Appalachian Trail.  Being one of three of the biggest trails in the United States, its starts in Georgia and ends all the way up in the state of Maine.  Boasting over 2,200 miles of trails, the most traveled part of the trail is the first 1.7 miles that starts near the New Found Gap Trailhead.  Its’ the lowest entrance point to the trail and boasts a variety of forest ecosystems. Travelers hike to the top of the gap, a whopping 3,000 feet, to take in the spectacular views of both the terrain and to view the two states of Tennessee and North Carolina, at one time. For more information on the Appalachian Trail and a map of the trails visit
    3. Attractions- There are many different attractions near the Great Smokey Mountains that have a little of something for the whole family. 
      1. Nascar Speed Park- The Nascar Speed Park is a popular attraction for those looking for a little thrill ride.  It has the fastest speed track in the state for guests to experience their own version of a Nascar race.  The park also offers mini golf, climbing walls, and an indoor arcade.
      2. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort- Looking for some fun in the snow? This time of year is perfect for visiting the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.  They have 8 trails for skiing and snowboarding and a snow tubing hill that is fun for the whole family.  Their trails differ in skill level and offer spectacular views of the Smokies in the most untouched parts of the mountain. 

    In the spring/summer/fall when snow is not present, the ski resort turns into an amusement park.  They have an indoor ice rink, alpine slide, and scenic chairlift that takes advantage of the ski resorts amenities when not in use.  Other parts of the park offer waterslides, arcade, bungee jumping, bumper cars, a shooting range and much, much more! For more information or to inquire about reservations, visit



    Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains is an experience to never forget.  Imagine camping under the stars and looking up at the twinkling outline of the mountain tops against the night sky. Sounds absolutely perfect right? No matter what type of camping you prefer; RV, tent, or back country camping, Smoky Mountains National park has options for it all.

    1. Back Country camping or “roughing it” as some people say, is available inside the national park. Spaces usually just a clearing along the trails for you to pitch your tent and sleep among the wilderness.  The park does require that you call ahead for a spot and they fill up quickly in the summer months.
    2. Front country camping basically consists of the campgrounds for RV’s, tent and pop up camping.  Most camping sites here are full service with showers and restrooms, and hookups for your RV. 
    3. Group Campgrounds are reserved for those with a party of 8 people or more.  They are located within the front country campgrounds and offer the same amenities.
    4. Horse Camps are another option if you decide to bring along your horses.  They too are located within the front country campgrounds.  Bringing along your horse is a great idea for tackling the trails via horseback.  Not to mention they enjoy being out in nature as much as we do.


    For more information on camping in the Great Smoky Mountains, you can visit

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