Unique Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains


The Smoky Mountains may be known for being home to some of the most popular attractions, theme parks, and recreational spots in the country. 

But the Smokies also have a wide variety of unique attractions that are just waiting to be discovered.

What Is Unique About The Smoky Mountains?

Home to nearly 20,000 species of plants, fungi, and wildlife

Entrance to the Smokies is FREE!

“Salamander capital of the world” with 30 different species of salamanders found in the area

There are more trees in the Smoky Mountains than in all of Europe

Its “smokiness” is actually created by the millions of plants

Home to Synchronous Fireflies

Here are some of the most unique things to try in the Smokies 


Smoky Mountain Cat House

You'll find all sorts of cat memorabilia, cat-themed clothes, jewelry and toys. And if you’re missing your cats back home, you can also pet the cats in the shop.

Zorbing at Outdoor Gravity Park

Outdoor Gravity Park is the first of its kind in the US. Dive into an 11-foot giant inflatable ball and roll down on a 1000 ft hill.

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

This quirky museum is home to over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers, featuring a wide variety of shakers all over the world.

See a Firefly Light Show

Within the park is the Elkmont area wherein you can view the synchronous fireflies as they put on an extraordinary display of lights in the Smokies.

Smoky Mountain Llama Trek

Embark on a llama-packed adventure in the Smoky Mountains! Trekking with these fuzzy companions adds a whole new level of fun to your mountain escapade. 

Goats on the Roof

This one-of-a-kind attraction in Pigeon forge is fun for the whole family. And if you’re wondering if there are goats on the roof, yes they actually are!

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Smoky Mountains 7-Day Itinerary

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