Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

107 Park Headquarters Rd, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee 37738

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While hiking, fly fishing and sightseeing are great family activities available within the park, the towns around the park rely on tourism and are set up to accommodate family travelers. After a day in the park, check out some of the family fun in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cherokee.


Address: 107 Park Headquarters Rd, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee 37738

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Phone: 865-436-1200
URL: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Hours: Open 24 hours More Info
Price: Free to enter. Fees apply for camping and some activities. Check prices. More Info

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  • Visited: October 2013
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
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Nature at its best

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Three waterfalls in the deep creek area (the southern part of the park) are easily accessed via strollers. Laurel Falls is a paved hike, but pavement is uneven.

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  • Visited: July 2010
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
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was a wonderful family vacation

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have fun

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  • Visited: June 2011
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2012
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Outdoor fun for all!

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Pack a picnic lunch and a swim suit. Chimney Tops picnic area or Little Greenbriar Picnic area are our favorites and have shaded picnic tables and a river to get wet in! Don't forget the sunscreen and a lawnchair, you will be there all afternoon! Visit one of the visitor centers on your first day to get maps and suggestions from the park rangers on what is appropriate for your group's skill level. You can also pick up information on the Junior Ranger Program and start working on a Junior Ranger badge. The Cades Cove driving tour is the most popular activity in the park. Plan to arrive early (by 10:00am) to avoid the traffic that builds as the day goes on. This will probably take most of the day so pack a picnic lunch. There are evening hay rides through Cades Cove which offer great wildlife viewing opportunities. Reserve your spot in advance. Be sure to read the park's newspaper which lists ranger led activities for the month. We have seen a school house presentation, been on salamader hikes, watched fireflies come out, and sat around campfires learning about the people who called the Smoky Mountains home.

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We like to rent a house with washer and dryer, full kitchen (for easy breakfasts), and hot tub. We can get enough bedrooms we can spread out and everyone can have their own bed. Lots of the homes have extra amenities, like pool tables, free internet, porch swings with a view, and more! I use Moutain Rentals of Gatlinburg, but there are many others out there.

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Don't miss the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge for dinner one evening. Be sure to arrive early (by 5pm) or risk waiting an hour or more for a table. Great homestyle cooking with portions large enough for 2-3 people (or save the leftovers and have dinner the next night too!) The Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg has awesome microbrews and is family friendly. They have coloring menus with crayons for the kids and kid friendly food too!

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