best Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains

Renowned for its mist-shrouded peaks, lush forests, and rich biodiversity, this iconic mountain range offers a plethora of unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages.

The Smokies is a mountain range located in the Southeastern United States along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

Where are the Smoky Mountains?

Why are the Smoky Mountains Smoky?

The Smokies get their “smoky blue” from the fog that hangs over the mountains created by the respiration of trees, themselves. 

The trees grow so densely in the area that when they “breath” the moisture they produce condenses into a fog.

Experience the Ever-Changing Magic of the Smokies: From spring wildflower hikes to summer waterfall adventures, autumn leaf-peeping, and winter snowscapes, there's something spectacular awaiting you in every season.


Dive into refreshing waterfalls, hike lush trails, and explore endless adventures under the sun!

White water rafting



Ride a mountain coaster

Cool Off at Water Parks

Indoor snow tubing

Scenic Drives



Mid-October to early November is the best time for fall foliage in the Smokies and as such, Fall is a peak season in the Smokies

See the fall foliage

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin Luminights

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

ATV Riding


A snowy wonderland awaits with frost-kissed landscapes, cozy cabin retreats, and the serene beauty of nature in hibernation. 

Winter Hiking

See over 10 million twinkling Smoky Mountains Christmas lights

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Cabin retreat


The Smoky Mountains are a great place to visit any time of year, but April is especially nice because the weather is starting to warm up and the flowers are beginning to bloom.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Attend car shows

See wildlife

Waterfall hikes

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Smoky Mountains 7-Day Itinerary

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