Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Whether you enjoy the challenge of a strenuous hike to the crest of a mountain or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sun set, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities in which to partake. The Smokies provide a rich cultural tapestry of Appalachian history spanning thousands of years back. Explore the winding trails, while experiencing nature at its best when you visit the Great Smokies! Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the Park:
Cataloochee Valley Tours
(828) 450-7985 | www.cataloocheevalleytours.com
Experience the best kept secret in the Great Smoky Mountains - Cataloochee Valley! Enjoy a guided eco-tour with a Cataloochee Valley Naturalist who will provide you with information about the elk population, valley history, and education on ethical wildlife viewing practices. Eco-Tours include round-trip transportation from the Inn, a fully guided tour with a University of Florida Certified Master Naturalist, and a snack and drink in the valley. Open seasonally.
Boogerman Loop Trail
This trail begins in the Park's last remaining settlement, Cataloochee, and winds through old growth forests and across free flowing streams full of native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. The trail makes use of many old-fashioned footbridges and is almost 8 miles in length, so use caution and set aside an entire day to enjoy this famous footpath.
Technically just outside the Cherokee entrance to the Park, Mingo Falls is one of the largest falls in the Southern Appalachian, measuring more than 120 feet in height. The trail to see the falls is less than 1/2 mile long, so this adventure makes for a quick stop on the way to other activities deeper in the Park.
General Park Information
(865) 436-1200 | www.nps.gov/grsm
The National Park Service provides the most up-to-date information about the park, including weather related road closings, camping regulations, hiking tips, operating hours and seasons, and fee schedules.