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Smoky Mountain Family Vacation Guide to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Cities Surrounding the National Park.

 Any season, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to visit.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States with almost ten million visitors per year. The second  most visited national park is Grand Canyon National Park, which receives only half as many visitors.

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Country Manor Acres

60 acre estate in Townsend, developed as a wedding and event venue that includes the Country Manor Inn and a cabin called The Hayloft and Sky Cabin for lodging.
865-448-9652
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Wears Valley Visitors Center

Wears Valley, Tennessee provides a perfect place to stay when you visit the Smokies.
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Discover Townsend Tennessee

Townsend has been known as the peaceful side of the Smokies for many years, a reputation well earned
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Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

Best views in the Smoky Mountains
Stay 3 and receive the 4th night FREE
(865) 436-2325
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Wears Valley Adventures

MOTORCYCLE TOURS, HIKING,
 KAYAKING, FISHING,
4 WHEELING,
WATERFALL DINING,
COOL MOUNTAIN CABINS

865-366-2608
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Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals

Adventure Awaits!
Discover the Smoky Mountains with Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals.
865-366-7063

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Summit Cabin Rentals

Beautiful luxury mountain cabins throughout the Smoky Mountain area whether you want to stay in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the Wears Valley or Walden's Creek
865-908-2924

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Wears Valley Adventures
MOTORCYCLE TOURS, HIKING, KAYAKING, FISHING, 4 WHEELING, WATERFALL DINING, COOL MOUNTAIN CABINS
www.wearsvalleyadventures.com

Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals
Are you dreaming of an adventurous wedding and honeymoon!  Contact us today!  We can arrange a waterfall wedding with your White 4 Wheel Drive Jeep, sporting the Just Married Wheel Cover awaiting the vow exchange. Party in the Smokies!  Do you have guests ?  No problem we can arrange for up to 4 Jeeps for your wedding party to take off to Cades Cove or your favorite Smoky Mountain Destination.  Call us today!
865-366-7063
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Summit Cabin Rentals
Choose your Pigeon Forge cabin from our inventory of beautiful luxury mountain cabins. We can place you in the perfect location throughout the Smoky Mountain area whether you want to stay in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the Wears Valley or Walden's Creek areas of the Smoky Mountains. Summit Cabin Rentals welcomes you to the Smokies.  Allow us to help you make Smoky Mountain memories by staying in our beautiful vacation homes.
865-908-2924
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Discover Townsend Tennessee
Townsend, Wears Valley and the Smoky Mountains
Townsend has been known as the peaceful side of the Smokies for many years, a reputation well earned, but this does not mean there is nothing to see or do in Townsend.
Here are just a few things you can enjoy within easy driving distance to Townsend.
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Wears Valley Visitors Center
Why Visit Wears Valley? Wears Valley, Tennessee provides a perfect place to stay when you visit the Smokies.  Avoid the traffic yet be near all the Smokies have to offer.  Wears Valley is perfectly situated in the middle of Sevierville Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend, Cades Cove, Metcalf Bottoms and all of the areas that people who visit love.  We welcome you to stay in Wears Valley.
www.wearsvalleyvisitorscenter.com

Inside The Park

70 miles of the trail pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Within the Park's borders, the trail crosses from Davenport Gap near Big Creek on the east to Fontana Dam, N.C. on the southwest, reaching a halfway point at Newfound Gap. It passes near or over several of the highest peaks in the eastern United States. The "AT" winds up over the highlands through grassy balds and descends into the valleys to briefly join other trails.

A good place to start is the Sugarlands Visitors Center on Route 441 at the Gatlinburg entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are nature exhibits, a short film, guidebooks, maps, and park rangers who give lectures guided strolls, and answer questions. This is also where you would pick up your camping, hiking, or fishing permits.

The most popular drive through the park is Newfound Gap Road, which is 26 miles long and crosses the park to the southeast. It begins at Sugarlands which is at an elevation of 1,436 feet, it rises to more than 5,000 feet above sea level at Newfound Gap. The road descends down to 3,000 feet to Oconaluftee Visitors Center at the main entrance to the park from North Carolina. Oconaluftee Visitors Center is also a treasure trove of information and the adjacent Mountain Farm Museum will introduce the visitor to the rural heritage of the early settlers. Newfound Gap Road is a gradually unfolding botanical journey that spans the five vegetation zones a traveler would encounter if traveling the hundreds of miles to Maine. There are scenic overlooks along the way, roadside exhibits, and trailheads for the hikers. At Newfound Gap visitors can look for miles over waves of rolling hills and the Appalachian Trail crosses the road here. There is also the memorial where Franklin D. Roosevelt stood to dedicate the national park in 1940.

The most spectacular stop is Clingman's Dome, accessible by a 7-mile sideroad. At 6,643 feet above sea level, Clingman's Dome is the highest point in the Smokies, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Visitors can drive almost all the way to the top and then hike the last half mile to the lookout tower. Take it slow because the high altitude means the air is thinner, but the fantastic, panoramic view is worth the effort.

Other motor trails exist for the "armchair" visitor. The most famous is the Cades Cove Loop, which is also a historical tour of those who settled in the valley. Northeast of Gatlinburg off Rte. 321 is the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Loop which takes you up the western flank of Mt. LeConte. This paved, narrow, winding jewel of a road fords streams and cuts across a deep gorge. It is closed during the winter and at all times to buses, trailers, and RV's. At the visitor centers you can also find out how to get to the various dirt roads that will take you further back into the mountains and off the beaten path.

To get to know the park more intimately, - to hear the quiet, to feel the peace, to savor the smells, to see the boundless vegetation - you need to get out of your cars and walk. There are about 150 trails covering over 900 miles and there are trails for everyone's stamina, interest, and level of expertise.

Twelve self-guiding nature trails, ranging in length from 1/4 mile to a mile roundtrip, were selected and developed by Park naturalists for their interesting natural history, beauty, and accessibility. The new All -Access Nature Trail, 0.5 miles south of Sugarlands on Newfound Gap Road, was specially designed for the handicapped, parents with young children, and older couples.

Back country hikers staying overnight need to get a hiking permit first. Whether your planned hike is short or long, it is always a good idea to have on dependable hiking boots, wear multiple layers, and carry rain gear. The temperatures are cooler in the trees and get progressively so the higher up you go. The higher elevations also see more precipitation than the lower ones, so be prepared. Bring along drinking water as the streams are not drinkable and be sure to carry out all that you bring in, particularly your trash.

All four seasons have their own magic beauty. In spring the delicate wildflowers decorate the mountains. In summer all is a lush, cool, vibrant green. In fall the colors red and gold splash themselves across the mountain sides. In winter the air is crisp and clear and often sparkling with snow and ice.

Another great way to learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains is to attend Pigeon Forge's popular Wilderness Wildlife Week in early January. There are guided hikes, photography workshops, and lectures ranging from the flora and fauna found in the park to what's new in outdoor hiking gear. All walks and lectures are free to the public. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an endless source for discovery and inspiration.

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Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
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