At the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, a ridge line running north and south, bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains, are the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. The name comes from the haze which hangs over it. A significant portion of the Smoky Mountains, 814 square miles, is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over nine million visit here, making it the most visited park in the US; and for good reason, you will see, when you spend a getaway into one of the many vacation rentals available (cabins, cottages, homes or chalet) in this most wondrous natural world - lodging in Tennessee is really a great experience!
Since this region is renowned not just in Tennessee and the US, but even world-wide, there can be found excellent lodging and vacation rentals - homes, mountain cabins, chalet and cottages, all offering great amenities. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, is 814 square miles of some of the most beautiful, deciduous forests, clean rivers, and majestic mountains, making it the most visited national park in the US. The diversity alone is enough to spend your days in search of multifaceted nature: 140 species of trees, 1,600 species of wildflowers, 800 species of moths and butterflies, fifty kinds of fish, sixty species of mammals, most notably, the highest concentration of black bears in the eastern US. Seventy miles of the Appalachian Trail cross the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you love the wild, no better place where nature is unspoiled is in the US. And nearby the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are more wilderness, national parks, and historical sites: Andrew Johnson National Historical Site; Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (which has many lakes, rivers, and restored houses); Blue Ridge Parkway (a magnificent 469 mile drive through different communities); the poet Carl Sandburg’s home; Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (the nation's first military park, preserved in 1890, commemorating the 1863 battle field); and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. In the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, tour 1.5 miles in the four-level Gap Cave. Wherever you are not in the heart of the wilderness, you may be near restored 19th century buildings. In short, the outdoors call, whether it is from high upon the mountains, flowing rivers, or falling waterfalls, and history speaks, whether it is from old farm buildings, Cherokee revival towns, or simply the roads, which wind like a dream through the Smoky Mountains. Aside from nature, other places and things may attract you: Wheels Through Time Museum, Inc. displays cars and, especially, motorcycles from the inception of automobiles. Carolina Nights Dinner Show offers a belly-full dinner, along with magic show and live music. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad invites you on a trip over rivers, through the mountains, and into dark tunnels. Play the slots or blackjack at Harrah's Casino and Hotel. Go to folk school at the oldest folk school in the US, John C. Campbell Folk School, to learn how to dance, create folk arts and crafts, and play music.
As the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone is 814 square miles and attracts over nine million visitors per year, and not to understate that there are at least eight counties and towns, events, restaurants, and shops range from the barest of essentials to the very best. And, if you are on a quest for something specific, you'll have to break out the map to find what you are looking for, but you will find it. Probably the most prominent event, shop, and restaurant you will find are of local colors, with more folk arts, crafts exhibits and workshops, and less food chains. Beside plenty of lodging & vacation rentals like homes, cabins, chalet, and cottages for rent, there are, however, fine dining restaurants, pubs, resort spas, and casinos, if you don't want to leave behind the creature comforts of city and home life. When you come to the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you pretty much have in mind the kinds of activities you want to do. From the haze that lingers in the sky, the mountain views of endless wilderness, tumbling waterfalls, clean rivers which crash white against stones, deep caverns with sharp stalactites, restored farm houses and general stores-depending on whom you are, a trip here can be sport, leisure, or both. Relax, swim, day hike, scenic drive, picnic, wildlife watch, tour old buildings, Cherokee towns, and museums, gem mine, fly-fish, boat, horseback ride, play golf, rock climb, rappel, cave, whitewater raft, week- or month-long backpack, camp, ski, snowboard, and whatever else you can make possible of nature.