Outdoor Adventures Await in the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Great Smoky Mountains, located in Tennessee and North Carolina, are a breathtaking mountain range and home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Family-friendly attractions and activities in the Tennessee area of the Great Smoky Mountains include:

Goats on the Roof of the Smokies: Looking for something unique to do with your family? This is a fun activity that your family will love. Spend the day feeding goats, mining for gems, and eating sweet treats. Once you’re done exploring these fun activities try out the Goat Coaster for a chance to discover the mountain views.

Hiking Trails: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts over 800 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging treks. Some popular trails include the Alum Cave Trail, Laurel Falls Trail, Abrams Falls Trail, and the iconic Appalachian Trail. These trails offer opportunities to explore diverse ecosystems, see cascading waterfalls, and enjoy panoramic mountain views.

RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo: Located in Sevierville, the Zoo is home to more than 600 live animals (more than 130 species) from Rainforests around the world. Most of the animals were born or hatched in captivity with several being on loan from zoos across the US, for the purpose of education. Themed by one of the nation’s finest zoological contractors, whose work includes the Animal Kingdom at Disney World, the Zoo is a MUST SEE for families.

Scenic Drives: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers numerous scenic drives that allow you to experience the beauty of the mountains. Cades Cove Loop Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and Newfound Gap Road are popular routes that provide stunning vistas, historic sites, and opportunities to view wildlife and waterfalls.

Waterfalls: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to numerous stunning waterfalls, providing great opportunities for photography, picnicking, and relaxation. Some notable waterfalls include Laurel Falls, Abrams Falls, Grotto Falls, and Rainbow Falls. Each waterfall offers its own unique beauty and can be reached via hiking trails of varying difficulty.

Bonus tip: Looking for an adrenaline rush? Check out Great Smoky Outdoors Rafting adventures. Named one of the Top 10 Experiences in the US, the Rafting company offers whitewater rafting in the greater Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. Ages 3 and up can participate in the guided trips.

While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the major attraction, nearby towns such as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville offer additional entertainment options, including amusement parks, museums, and live entertainment shows.

Remember to plan ahead, check park conditions, and review park regulations and closures before visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.