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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove

In Appalachian parlance, a cove means a valley, but Cades Cove is far more than that. Many consider this special place to be a national treasure, thanks to its poignant cultural legacy, telling pioneer architecture …
Top Choice Mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mt LeConte

Mt LeConte (6593ft) is the park’s third-highest peak and one of its most familiar sights, visible from practically every viewpoint. The only way to get to the top is on foot. It is accessible on five trails, which r…
Historic Site in Cades Cove

Cable Mill Historic Area

To get bread on the table, early residents of Cades Cove first had to mill their grains and corn. Above all other staples, corn was the most important. Every meal included food made from cornmeal, including corn bre…
Viewpoint in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Clingmans Dome

‘On top of Old Smoky’ is Clingmans Dome (elevation 6643ft), the park’s highest peak. At the summit a steep, half-mile paved trail leads to an observation tower offering a 360-degree view of the Smokies and beyond. I…
Historic Building in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mingus Mill

One of the park's most picturesque 19th-century buildings, the Mingus Mill is a turbine-powered mill that still grinds wheat and corn much as it has since its opening back in 1886. You're welcome to explore the mult…
Viewpoint in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mt Cammerer Lookout Tower

This restored stone fire tower provides 360-degree views over the ridges and valleys in the eastern half of the Smokies. It's a lovely site, reachable by taking a 0.6-mile (one way) spur off the Appalachian Trail. I…
Historic Building in Cataloochee Valley

Caldwell House

With its weatherboarding, interior paneling and shingled gables, as well as its white exterior and jaunty blue trim, this frame house, built in 1906, seems almost of the modern era.
Picnic Area in Cades Cove

Cades Cove Picnic Area

Children enjoy splashing in the shallows of Abrams Creek at this woodsy picnic spot, where a number of tables are perched by the water. You'll find grills, restrooms, 81 picnic sites and the trailhead for the easy a…
Historic Building in Cades Cove

Tipton Place

The picturesque Tipton homestead was built by Mexican War veteran ‘Colonel Hamp’ Tipton in the early 1870s. The grounds include a spacious two-floor cabin, blacksmith and carpentry shops, and a replica cantilever ba…
Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mountain Farm Museum

Adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, this excellent collection of historic buildings evokes life on a typical farmstead of the late 19th century. Together these structures paint a poignant picture of the moun…