Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has six amazing auto touring routes for an easy tour through the nature of the Appalachian Mountains.

The problem with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park being the most-visited in the country is that people tend to do the same thing year after year. How about something different?

My long weekend in Pigeon Forge was over but I wasn’t about to leave Tennessee without a scenic drive first. I zipped through Gatlinburg and hopped on Newfound Gap Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What a beautiful scenic drive it was. In no time at all I was surrounded by vibrant yellow […]

If you happen to be driving through Cherokee into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just before sunset chances are good you’ll spot an elk. Or several elk. Sometimes as many as two dozen will leave the dense forest behind in favor of feeding in the large field at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. But before […]

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country for a good reason: there are countless things to do spread across two states and thousands of acres. But sometimes it can be difficult to pick just one thing to do in the park. Other times you may find yourself in […]

It’s easy to miss the Elkmont Historic District even if you’re an avid traveler through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But after the first time you stroll through Daisy Town or hike along the river you’ll want to come back again and again. That’s exactly how it happened to me and I haven’t been […]

Experiencing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Cades Cove

With just three days until the total solar eclipse was set to sweep across the country I still hadn’t really decided where I wanted to plant my feet for the event. I had discovered so many amazing places between South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. But after months of traveling and pondering I […]

My Favorite Time of Any Day in Cades Cove

The long chain of cars slowly inched along the paved loop road the exit, inching forward a few feet at time, like a deck hand reeling in the anchor. The chain of cars moved so slowly it was possible to have short conversations. “Getting anything good?” some would ask, nodding toward my two cameras on […]

Although not the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park I certainly felt like I was standing on the roof of the world at the Newfound Gap Scenic Overlook. It’s kinda the “center” of the park along Highway 441 between Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, making it easily accessible from must about […]

The Sinks at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Sinks is more of a roaring cascade than a waterfall but there is a fascinating history behind this man-made feature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

At 6,643' Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and with an observation tower to get you just a little bit higher the views are unbelievable.

Grotto Falls at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Grotto Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.