Welcome to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains

Imagine a destination where history, nature and top-notch entertainment combine to create the ultimate getaway. You’ll find all this and so much more year-round in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Outdoor Adventures Abound in the Smokies

It won’t take long for you to realize that you are in the presence of natural beauty when you arrive in the Smokies. The Great Smoky Mountains are the oldest mountains in the world. A trip to the Great Smoky National Parks offers panoramic vistas of rushing rivers and majestic mountain ranges. This picture-perfect destination offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences to make lifelong memories.

Live like an early settler and explore the Smoky Mountain trails. Whether you want to hike the Appalachian Trail or stroll along on a beautiful wildflower walk, the Smoky Mountains have over 800 miles of pristine trails. Wildlife, waterfalls and rustic vistas await.

When you need a break from the great outdoors, plan an entire day of fun that the whole family will enjoy. Rollercoasters, exciting shows and mouthwatering restaurants abound in the Smokies.

Amusement and Theme Parks near the Tennessee Smoky Mountains

Dollywood, owned by legendary country singer and Tennessee-native Dolly Parton, is a world-class theme park. Dollywood offers more than just thrilling rollercoasters. The live entertainment, music, crafts and food showcase the heritage of the Smokies.

Shopping near the Tennessee Smoky Mountains

With a great variety of shops, outlets stores, specialty stores and galleries, it’s tempting to trade hiking the mountains for some retail therapy. Find that unique Smoky Mountain product, souvenir or memorable item by visit the many shopping destinations scattered throughout the area.

Annual Events around the Tennessee Smoky Mountains

With so much fun and excitement, there’s never a bad time to visit the Smokies. Plan your trip around some of the area’s biggest events.

A trip to Tennessee is not complete without indulging in our famous barbecue. Enjoy a whole weekend in May full of barbecue in bluegrass at Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass. This free, family-friendly event features live music and a barbecue championship during the Smoky Mountain Springfest.

Nothing says summer like a street festival. In the heart of downtown Gatlinburg from June–August, enjoy musical performances, storytellers and more during Tunes & Tales. Amble through the streets as entertainers provide a captivating experience for all ages.

The autumnal season welcomes the Smoky Mountain Winterfest, a magical celebration that extends from late fall to early March. Nearby towns and local businesses team up to bring you the most festive Christmas and winter season lighting displays in East Tennessee.

Whether you’re on a vacation with family, friends or a loved one, get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Fun Facts about the Tennessee Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are officially known as the “Salamander Capital of the World,” with 24 species of the amphibians.

There are over 100 different species of native trees in the Smoky Mountains.

The mountains in the Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest in the world. Scientists have dated the mountain’s rocks to be 200-300 million years old.

During Prohibition, local caverns became hideaways for moonshiners. They would sneak into the caves and illegally distill whiskey to sell in town.

The Smoky Mountains are within a one-day drive of one-third of the United States. That’s probably why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the highest visitation of any national park.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has over 800 miles of hiking trails.

The “smoke” from the Smoky Mountains is really a mist created by trees. It gets a blue color from the hydrocarbons in the mist.

Knoxville is known as “The Marble City” due to the mass distribution of marble in the early 1900s.

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