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February 24th, 2022
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4 of the Best Views in the Smoky Mountains You Can’t Miss

February 17, 2022 February 24th, 2022

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:

1. Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower

mt cammerer fire towerIf you’re an avid hiker, then you’ll definitely want to see the views from the Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower while you’re in town. To get to this hidden gem, you’ll have to hike 11.2 miles roundtrip along Low Gap Trail, which is considered a difficult trail. The first portion of the trail takes you through dense forest, which is beautiful any time of the year, but it is especially breathtaking in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. After about 2 miles, you’ll find yourself hiking on the Appalachian Trail until you reach the path jutting off of this trail to get to the fire tower. Once you reach the tower, you’ll be able to go inside the tower and enjoy the incredible 360-degree mountain views. They will definitely leave you feeling amazed!

2. Foothills Parkway

Some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains can be found along the Foothills Parkway. You may already know, but Foothills Parkway is a pretty unique scenic drive in the Smokies, because it has been completed in sections for almost 75 years. Although the road still isn’t fully complete, you can travel along either portion for jaw-dropping views. The east section of the road is closest to our outpost, and you’ll have several pull offs where you can get out to take in the mountain views. You won’t want to miss out on enjoying these views while you’re in town.

3. Grapeyard Ridge Trail

steam engine wreck along grapeyard ridge trailAnother hiking trail you will want to explore for some amazing mountain views is Grapeyard Ridge Trail. The roundtrip length is 5.8 miles, and it is considered moderate to difficult. As you make your way along the first portion of the trail, it travels upwards to where you can see some pretty incredible sights. If you turn around and look behind you, you will see Mt. Chapman and Mt. Sequoia, as well as Charlies Bunion and Mt. LeConte. The rest of the trail is wooded, until you reach a pretty unique feature: the steam engine wreck.

4. Brushy Mountain Trail

Brushy Mountain Trail is another difficult trail, but it boasts some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains you don’t want to miss. The first portion of this trail follows along Porters Creek Trail, and when there’s a fork in the trail, you’ll want to go left. Over the next 4.5 miles, you will climb more than 2,500 feet as the trail follows along the northern part of Mt. LeConte. Right before you get to the lookout, you will pass by several wildflowers if you are hiking in the spring or early summer. Once you reach the clearing, you will be able to take in the magnificent views.

Are you missing the Smokies and want to enjoy some views right now? Check out these Smoky Mountain webcams you can watch from home!

These are just some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains you don’t want to miss while you’re in town. Another fun thing to do you don’t want to skip out on is white water rafting with us! Look at our trips for rafting in the Smoky Mountains, and reserve your spot now!