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Best things to do in Great Smoky Mountains

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“The entrance to the Park is 1.5 miles from our place. Just take East a Deep Creek Road away from town. You’ll end up at a T. To the left (and over the bridge) is the Park, and the campground is to the right. admission to the Park is free. Great for hiking!”
158 locals recommend
National Park
“Make a day of it - start with a full tank of gas, and enjoy driving, hiking, and the great ice cream cones at the cades cove campground store!”
81 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Located in Sevierville and drive time varies based on traffic. Lots of stores and pretty good pricing usually....”
78 locals recommend
“From the casino, to shops, spas and more, Harrah's Cherokee Casino is an excellent spot to visit for local indoor entertainment.”
64 locals recommend
“Voted the #1 aquarium in America by TripAdvisor. Enthralling sea-worlds of marvel and wonder to explore in an up-close and even hands-on experience”
52 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Visit the famous Dollywood for thrilling rides and entertainment. Pigeon Forge is about an hour and a half from Franklin.”
70 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Head to the Old Mill Square to discover the real flavors, craftsmanship, hospitality, and history of the Great Smoky Mountains! Here you’ll find breakfast, lunch or dinner in a distinctive and delicious southern style. Five onsite stores offering you gifts, pottery, candy, clothing and more! Visit The Old Forge Distillery as they continue the hand-crafted mountain spirit traditions all part of the old mill location!”
68 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“This is a mix of shops, fun, and restaurants that is free to enter and look around and with free parking.”
65 locals recommend
“The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States! Sugarlands Visitor Center (near Gatlinburg, TN) is the closest entry point to the national park from our cabin. There’s over 800 square miles of beautiful wooded forestry hiking trails and driving routes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With so much to see in the park, you can spend an endless number of hours, days or weeks exploring and hiking to see all of the historical areas, old cabins and majestic wildlife. Self guided driving tours are also popular and with $1 booklet purchase at the visitor's center you can take on the park at your own pace with the booklet highlighting famous land marks. That said it feels impossible to see it all but be sure to consider checking out the following landmarks: Clingmans Dome, highest point in the park with a observation tower with amazing views! Mount LeConte: A hikers paradise Mount LeConte is one of the most traveled mountains in the park! Cades Cove: is a valley that was home to settlers before the formation of the park! Elkmont: is home to a ranger station and the illustrious Elkmont campground with a amazingly rich story! Tremont: Home of the The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, an education-centered wildlife observation/outdoor reaction center ”
85 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Formerly know as Dixie Stampede...this is a great show to see while in town.”
47 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“It is a one way 11 mile loop through an old settlers community. There are old log homes, farms, churches, and short and long hiking trails. There is also a welcome center in the back of the loop.”
39 locals recommend
“On the way to our cabins - WEARS VALLEY / PIGEON FORGE or on the way to GATLINBURG ”
39 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Year round recreation. for entire family...snow skiing, boarding, tubing in winter, ice bumper cars, mountain coaster, water tubing and much more ”
38 locals recommend
“The Gatlinburg area is also home to a rich variety of arts and crafts stores.  Most arts and crafts stores can be found in an eight-mile loop in Gatlinburg known as the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. More than 80 studios, galleries and shops offer a little bit of everything, including hand-thrown pottery, silversmithing, baskets, frameable art, quilts, jewelry, leather, dolls and much more. The community claims to be the nation’s largest concentration of independent artists. Members put on three arts and crafts shows each year: one each at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The shows are free and offer visitors a chance to browse dozens of vendors at once. ”
50 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Cataloochee Ski Area is a ski area in the eastern United States in southwestern North Carolina, near Maggie Valley. With eighteen ski slopes and trails. ”
38 locals recommend
“Not just a museum but also so much more. No visit to the Smoky Mountains would be complete without a trip to Cherokee, where traditional arts and crafts and Native American culture are respected and preserved for coming generations. Many authentic experiences await you in Cherokee including: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian; Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama; Oconaluftee Indian Village; and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. Cherokee is 20 minutes from Maggie valley.”
26 locals recommend