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Smoky Mountains of North Carolina Travel Guide

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Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

The Great Smokies: a phenomenal sight-a breathtaking view. The seemingly endless range of mountains surround, one can barely take in all the beauty! Do you want more from your vacation, in fact, endless opportunities for being fascinated and thrilled with natures great treasures? The Smoky Mountains offer such a chance to truly experience wildlife, arts fueled by its natural habitat, adventurous mountain trails and local fishing and festivals. The Smokies-don't kid yourself-you'll barely make a dent in this vacation in a few days-you'll be staying longer or planning to come back for more! Gauranteed!


Rental Managers in Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

Cabins Online

Cabins Online


 


Enjoy Pigeon Forge Cabins and Gatlinburg cabins for your stay in the Smoky Mountains. Cabins Online is the perfect place to plan your honeymoon or..  learn more


Smoky Mountain Lake Rentals

Smoky Mountain Lake Rentals


 


Smoky Mountain Lake Rentals has been offering vacation rentals on Douglas Lake since 1999 at the Gator Point Marina. We now manage vacation rental..  learn more


Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals

Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals


 


Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals has over 300 Luxury Log Cabins all in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals goal is to..  learn more


Chalet Village Properties

Chalet Village Properties


 


Welcome to Chalet Village Properties, the premier vacation rental management company for Gatlinburg Tennessee and the Greater Smoky Mountain Area...  learn more


Geography/History

The Great Smoky Mountains is the mountain range that runs right through the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, stretching Northeast from the Pigeon River to the Southwest at the Little Tennessee River. The mountain range covers approximately 187,000 acres of Cove and Northern Hardwoods, Spruce Trees and a wide variety of various wildflowers. The Great Smokies got their name as a result of the vapor that rises off of the vegetation on the mountains, creating the fog that many see hanging over the tips of the mountains. Clingman's Dome, located at 6,643 feet above see level, is considered to be the highest point of the Rocky Mountains. Filled with over 50 types of mammals, hundreds of varieties of fish, and several dozens of different kinds of reptiles, the Smokies are a nature lovers paradise. 

First inhabited and fully populated by the Cherokee, it wasn't until the 17th Century that the English began to stake their claim on the magnificent mountain land. This brought about grave dissention in the land since the Cherokee possessed the legal rights to the land. in 1776, the Cherokee joined forces with the British during the French and Indian war. In response, the American Army attacked the Cherokee territory to obtain rights of the land. full control of the land was given over to the Americans by year 1805.

Tourism

The success of the area's steady economy is due to its tourism. There are many cities and towns scattered throughout the Great Smokies offering each its own unique fingerprint to the whole mountain range. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Knoxville, Cosby, Marysville and Wears Valley are Tennessee Cities along the range. The North Carolina Towns of the Smoky Mountains are Asheville, Cherokee, Byson City, Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Dillsboro. The Great Smokies specialize in everything outdoor and are sure to please any nature enthusiast! A perfect place to try one's hand at fly fishing while experiencing the mountains "stream up" -well, there's nothing like it! Whether you enjoy meandering down the river valleys in an inner tube or caving in caverns for crystals inside of the mountains, the treasures of the Smokies raw natural habitat are waiting to be uncovered. Pigeon Forge is a great place to look into for go cart rides, horseback riding, zip-lining and mountain adventure helicopter rides. The local Pigeon Forge Zoo is another attraction that visitors frequent while in the Smokies. If amusement parks are what you are looking for-Dollywood and Splash Mountain offer a variety of fun and exciting roller coaster rides and water ride adventures. Gatlinburg is a teeming resort town home to Ripley's Museum and Aquarium, the space needle, Ober Skiing and the Sky Lift-just to name a few. Wears Valley, known as the "peaceful side of the Smokies" is the best area for spending time hiking, biking, and wildlife watching with such attractions as the Okeechobee Cavers and Metcalf Bottoms. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where millions of visitors frequent every year to see one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The Great Smokey Mountains are a natural habitat calling for human discovery and awe. Come and see! Make your next vacation absolutely unforgettable!

 

 

 




Map of Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee