Great Smoky Mountain National Park is visited by over 9 million vacationers every year and is home to beautiful wildlife and spectacular views. Families can journey through the great outdoors on one of The Great Smoky Mountain's scenic trails. Trail elevations start at 25 feet and are as short as 0.4 miles long. The many trail options available let vacationers choose the best trail for their family hike. Trails like the Spruce-Fir Trail are maintained by the National Park Service. Easy trails like this one take hikers through the beautiful forests where the occasional blackberry bush can be spotted.
Does your family love water parks? How about a natural water park? Tubing and kayaking are must-do activities. Scenic floats, the occasional rapid and swimming holes make for an entire day of fun on the water. Sections of the rivers are suitable for young children and toddlers, depending on water levels. Lower sections of the rivers are calm and are safe for the youngest of kids. Rock jumps, rope swings and fun rapids are available for tweens and teens who want to have some added fun.
After families have had their fill of outdoor fun, they can spend some time in nearby Pigeon Forge, home of Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede. These favorite southern attractions are filled with Parton-style entertainment. Featuring concerts, rides and dinner theater, these attractions provide varied entertainment close by the scenic Great Smoky Mountains, creating one spectacular vacation.