Explore the Smoky Mountains by Car, Horse, Bike or Foot. You will get why they call it the Smoky Mountains when you get there. Consider using a reference book to start your trip. There are several available including Smokies Road Guide or just research on Amazon. Keep in mind that you will want to beat the crowds. July to Mid August are the busiest times to visit.
By car, you can still see the waterfalls and mountain views.
Bicycling can be another option to enjoy the Smokies. Mountain biking is not allowed in the Smoky Mountain National Park. Here are a couple of recommended routesoutside but around the park.
- Cades Cove
- Cataloochee Valley
- Lakeview Drive
- Lower Deep Creek
- Gatlinburg Trail
- Oconaluftee River Trail
Car Camping is a low impact and easy way to experience the Smoky Mountains. There are the 10 campgrounds here developed by the National Park Service
Each campground has flush toilets and cold running water. There are no electric outlets or water hookups. Fees range between $12-$23.
A fun family area nearby the Smoky Mountains is Maggie Valley, NC. With attractions like Cherokee, Cataloochee Ski Park, the Ghost Town in the Sky and Santasland nearby, kids of all ages can have a lot of fun for a day trip or a longer vacation in this quaint mountain town nestled in the Smokies.