Smoky Mountain portion of the Appalachian Trail

3 Fascinating Things to Know About Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Many of our guests are pleasantly surprised to discover that the Appalachian Trail crosses Interstate 40 just a few miles from our Smoky Mountain campground! This iconic hiking trail runs for 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia, with 94 of those miles in Tennessee! It also travels for an additional 160 miles along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. While you might not want to hike the entire distance, it can be fun to experience a part of the trail near our campground! Here are 3 fascinating things to know about hiking the Appalachian Trail:…

baskins creek falls

Top 5 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You Will Want to See

When you visit the Smoky Mountains, you want to spend as much time outside enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty of the area. What better way to appreciate the Smokies than to get out and hike some trails? One of the most popular features along trails are waterfalls, and there are plenty to find in the area. Check out these top 5 Smoky Mountain waterfalls you will want to see:…

charlie bunion snow

4 of the Best Winter Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

While our campground may be closed for the season, you can still get outside to enjoy the great outdoors with a winter hike! This can actually be one of the best times to hit the hiking trails in the Smokies because the temperatures are generally moderate, there are far fewer visitors and no bug spray is necessary! So grab your hiking gear and get ready to explore some unique winter scenery while enjoying some great exercise! Here are 4 of the best winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains:…

Great Smoky Mountains national park sign

Top 3 Benefits of the Leave No Trace Policy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It is no mystery why so many folks love to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! After all, the park is filled with unspoiled natural beauty, miles of scenic hiking trails, wildlife spotting opportunities and more! One of the reasons why the national park is so beautiful is because of the “Leave No Trace” policy, where visitors are expected to leave the park exactly as they found it. Here are the top 3 benefits of the Leave No Trace Policy at Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Scenic landscape photo taken by someone camping near the Smoky Mountains.

Top 5 Places to go Hiking in the Smokies Near Our Campground

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Smokies than to hike right through them! Whether you’re traveling through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or one of the numerous national forests nearby, there are plenty of trails for you to choose from! To help you plan for your trip, here are some of the top places to go hiking in the Smokies near our campground….