Month Visited: April
We are a family that loves adventure and the great outdoors. We enjoy stepping out of our comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring new areas. We want to see and do as much as we possibly can, and we try to pack each day of our travels with the maximum so that we get more without missing out on anything in the area. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 2 children- Boy age 15, Girl age 13.
Special tips and warnings about this trip: Camping and hiking in Great Smokey Mountains National Park does have some special warnings and tips that you need to be aware of. The abundance of wildlife in the region includes bears, mountain lions, elk, and other dangerous species that should be avoided when possible. Precautions concerning food storage and trash should be followed so that animals are not attracted to your area. Vehicle GPS systems and navigational software may not always be accurate in remote locations and should not be relied on. Maps of the park and the various roads and trails are available. There are numerous signs that can be found in the park areas and these should always be followed closely. During warmer months insects can be a problem, including mosquitoes and ticks that can carry illnesses that may be transmitted to humans, so make sure to bring protection and repellant if this is needed. Do not drink the water from streams and rivers without boiling it because there may be microscopic parasites that can cause illness. Flyers are available that detail the precautions that should be taken to prevent any animal attacks.
Hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Admission: Free or inexpensive
Description: Great Smokey Mountains National Park offers breathtaking scenery, an abundance of wildlife and native flora, campgrounds, and many miles of hiking trails and remote roads. There are over 80 hiking trails that range from easy to extremely difficult to choose from, and some of the most exquisite scenery that can be found anywhere in the world. Wildlife can be seen up close in their native habitats, and the seclusion and serenity of the Great Smokey Mountains is incredible. Trail maps can be found here. Whether you visit in the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter there is always plenty to see and do in the park and the surrounding areas. If you plan on camping make sure to reserve a site in one of the campgrounds as early as possible, because these may fill up quickly during certain seasons. Only camp in designated areas. There are many streams, rivers, and waterfalls in the park and caution should be used around these water hazards. Every year a few park visitors are injured from falls that occur in or near waterfalls and streams. There are no gas stations in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park so make sure that your tank is full before you arrive. Over 95% of the area in the park is forest, with more than 100 tree species and over 5,00 flowering and non flowering plant species. The weather and climate can change very quickly, especially during the spring and fall. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and camping gear so that you are prepared no matter what the weather is.
Our Experiences: We had a terrific time relaxing in Great Smokey Mountains National Park, this was a trip that adults and kids both enjoyed very much. The scenery was unbelievably beautiful and everyone enjoyed exploring the forests and hiking the trails in the area. Be prepared to rough it some, we thought that this was part of the charm for this national park. The Smokey mountains is a beautiful place to visit, with beautiful views and plenty to do for all ages and preferences. We saw many types of birds and other wildlife, and we were careful to follow all of the posted signs and other safety information.