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4 of the Best Views in the Smoky Mountains You Can’t Miss

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The Great Smoky Mountains are known for sweeping mountain views, and you won’t be disappointed by the variety of places you can go to see them! Whether you prefer to see your views from hiking or driving, there’s a place for you to go that has incredible scenery of the mountains. Here are 4 of the best views in the Smoky Mountains you can’t miss: Read More

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5 Things to Know About Black Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The American black bear might as well be the mascot of the Smoky Mountains! With over 1,500 bears throughout the national park, they are by far one of the most popular animals in the area. With a population density of 2 bears per square mile, it’s highly likely you’ll run into one of these creatures while you’re exploring the Smokies. Here are 5 things to know about black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Read More

Winter hiking in the Smokies is one of the best activities to enjoy

4 of the Best Reasons to Go Winter Hiking in the Smokies

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Hiking is a great way to be a part of nature, even in the winter months! You can still enjoy hiking in one of the most beautiful places in the country. There will be select trails open in the winter, but the trails that are open will be easy to navigate. You’ll have to bundle up in warm clothing, but it’ll all be worth it when you see snow covering the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. The breathtaking sights are just one of the many reasons you should go winter hiking in the Smokies on your next getaway. Here are 4 of the best reasons to go winter hiking in the Smokies: Read More

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3 Smoky Mountain Activities to Enjoy in the White Water Rafting Off Season

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If we had it our way, white water rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors would be a year round activity! Unfortunately, the cool fall and winter weather in East Tennessee means we can only offer rafting adventures during the spring and summer months. If you will be visiting the Smokies during our off season, however, there are still a number of excellent ways to enjoy the great outdoors during your vacation. To help you make the most of your trip, look at these 3 Smoky Mountain activities to enjoy in the white water rafting off season: Read More

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Top 6 Scenic Drives in the Smoky Mountains You Should Go On

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Looking for ways to explore the Smokies? Scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains are a pretty popular way to see plenty of historic sights, incredible views, and possibly wildlife. There are several roads you can drive, but we want to share some of the best ones you should try! Some are near our rafting outpost, and others make for a great day trip! Here are the top 6 scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains you should go on: Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

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The Smoky Mountains are a range of mountains located along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, in the southeastern region of the United States. The mountain range derived its name “Smoky” from the natural fog that is seen most often after a rainstorm or in the early morning hours. The smoky plumes develop as the humid, warm air from the Gulf of Mexico rapidly cools in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains. Over the years, many photographers and painters have enjoyed capturing the special beauty of this mountain range. Here is everything you need to know about hiking in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

Rainbow Falls, one of the best Smoky Mountain waterfalls.

4 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You Absolutely Need to See

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People from all over the world come to the Smoky Mountains to see spectacular mountain views, but there are several natural features you might want to see when you visit the national park. One of the top sights people love to hike to are Smoky Mountain waterfalls. Here are 4 Smoky Mountain waterfalls you need to see during your visit: Read More

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Top 5 Webcams in the Smoky Mountains to Watch at Home

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Even when you aren’t in the Smokies, you can still enjoy them! There are several webcams in the Smoky Mountains set up throughout the park so you can see incredible views when you’re at home. This is the best way to get your Smoky Mountain fix when you can’t come to the area! Here are the top 5 webcams in the Smoky Mountains to watch at home: Read More