Etiquette in the Smoky Mountains largely relates to respectfully navigating the sometimes vast crowds at overlooks and on popular trails.

  • Photography When looking for that perfect spot to snap that panoramic or waterfall view, be cognizant of fellow visitors taking photographs. Stay out of frame of photographs and don't hog the best spot.
  • Share the Trail Step to the right to allow faster hikers to pass. Uphill travelers have the right-of-way.
  • Noise Keeping quiet is the best way to enjoy the sounds of the Smokies – its gurgling streams, twittering birds and leaves rustling in the breeze. Do not yell up (or down) a trail to a friend, and keep conversation levels low, especially after dark.