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5 Things You MUST Do When Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on June 14, 2016

Whether you're planning your very first trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee or you've been making annual pilgrimages here since you were a wee child, there are simply some things that every visitor to the Smokies must experience at least once. We realize that not everyone has the same tastes in travel activities, but there are some to-do items on our list that we feel are musts.

This week, Smoky Mountain Ziplines would like to pass those along to you in hopes that these suggestions will make your next trip to our mountains the best it can be. So if you've managed to escape a Smokies vacation in the past without doing any of these, now is your chance to make it right.

1. Tour Cades Cove

There wouldn't be a tourism industry around here if it weren't for the Great Smoky Mountains themselves and the national park that has helped preserve their beauty for generations. So it would be a major oversight not to at least set foot in the park. One of the most popular destinations is the Cades Cove community, which was the home of rugged mountain settlers until the 1930s, when the national park was created. However, the 11-mile one-way auto loop that takes you around the mountain-ensconced valley is full of preserved historical treasures, including homesteads, churches and a variety of farm structures. The scenery is spectacular, and you'll also be able to access the Abrams Falls trail, a 5-mile round-trip hike that pays off with a gorgeous waterfall. And speaking of hiking…

2. Take a Hike

When someone around here tells you to take a hike, don't take it as an insult. They're just trying to share one of their favorite activities. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the national park, ranging from short, easy nature strolls to miles-long mountain treks and beautiful waterfall destinations. No experience is necessary, but if you're taking on a more challenging hike, be sure to dress and equip yourself suitably for the journey. If you're not sure which hike would be best for you, visit the national park website,, or search online for any number of books devoted to the subject of hiking in the Smokies.

3. Tube a River

Sometimes, it's the simple pleasures that are the most rewarding. You really haven't fully experienced the Smokies unless you've plunked yourself down on an inner tube in a cool mountain stream in the heat of spring or summer. Most of the tube-rental outfitters around here are located in Townsend, TN, and for a reasonable price, you can lazily float downstream in the Little River and cool off at a leisurely pace. Transportation to and/or from the put-in point is included in the price.

4. Visit an Attraction

There are so many attractions in the Smokies, you couldn't possibly fit them all into one trip, but you certainly have time to try one or two at least, depending on your interests and the amount of time you have. You could spend days at Dollywood or Dollywood's Splash Country alone or easily spend an afternoon or morning at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies or the Titanic Museum Attraction. There are also many music and variety shows playing at theaters throughout the area, and of course, if you're looking for a place to go ziplining in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, come check out our new course, located just two miles off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

5. Arts & Crafts Community

To get a sense of the true character and culture of the Smokies, visit the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community outside Gatlinburg. This eight-mile auto loop along Glades Rd., Buckhorn Rd. and U.S. Hwy. 321 features more than 100 arts and crafts studios, galleries, shops and even eateries, which are home to skilled artisans. Most of the community's residents practice time-honored art forms that were developed in the mountains generations ago, often as means for everyday existence.


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