Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

There is nothing like fall in the Smoky Mountains! The Smokies offer some of the most spectacular fall colors you’ll ever see. This is a guide to everything you need to know about the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains. The Best Time to See the Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains Normally, fall colors in the Smokies will be their best around early November. Around the end of October, leaves in higher elevations will reach their peak. About a week later, trees in the lower elevations will show vibrant colors. Autumn foliage typically remains into early-mid November. Guide to… Read more »

Hidden Places in the Smoky Mountains

Hidden Places in the Smoky Mountains

the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with over 11.4 million visitors annually. This is as many visitors as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  A popular national park can have big crowds. If you’re want to see the park and want quiet time, here are some favorite hidden places to explore. Elkmont Troll Bridge Elkmont has recently gained fame as the secret ghost town of the Smokies.  This once very wealthy community of vacation homes is beginning to see renovation from the park service, and is still accessible to the public…. Read more »

Waterfalls Make Your Smoky Mountain Vacation Memorable

Waterfalls Make Your Smoky Mountain Vacation Memorable

Smoky Mountain Waterfalls are some of the most spectacular in the South. There are waterfalls ranging from 25 feet to 180 feet! The waterfalls featured here are ideal for those who are more interested in the waterfall itself, than a hike to see it. However, there are some waterfalls featured that do require a few miles of hiking through beautiful nature and scenery. The amount of water tumbling over the rocks at Smoky Mountain waterfalls make them desirable.  Abrams Falls Abrams Falls is one of Gatlinburg’s more popular and shorter waterfalls. At 25 feet tall, the height is not what makes it… Read more »

Where to See Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains

Where to See Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains

Wondering where to see bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Of all of the beautiful wildlife of the Smoky Mountains, the American Black Bear ( Ursus americanus ) is one of the largest and most impressive species you can see in the national park. Better yet, bears are plentiful in the Smokies and live in all elevations of the park. It is estimated that around 1,500 bears live inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since the national park is 800 sq. miles in size, this means bears have a population density of nearly 2 bears per square mile. As… Read more »

Describing Four Areas of the Smoky Mountains for Your Vacation

Describing Four Areas of the Smoky Mountains for Your Vacation

  The Great Smoky Mountains is peaceful, has rivers dressed with rhododendrons on the banks, and vivid autumn colors that begin during October in the higher elevations and sprawl down to the lower elevations as the month blends into November.  Since the park is so diverse and covers such a large area, planning a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains can be overwhelming and exciting all at the same time.  This blog is designed to make planning easier when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains. THE LOWER ELEVATION OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS Twenty-five minutes from the My Bearfoot Cabins you will… Read more »