Five Must-See Smoky Mountain Sights
1) Cades Cove: An-11 mile loop surrounds the meandering valleys and climbing mountains of Cades Cove. Preserved as a reminder of the 19th century, there are historic barns, log cabins and churches in all their wild glory. Wildlife is abundant in the area so keep an eye out for deer, turkeys, and even bears.
3) Roaring Fork: Options abound at the Roaring Fork nature area. You can drive the 6-mile one-way loop and view the rushing mountain streams and cascades, glimpses of growth forests, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. Trailheads for Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls are found here, too. Rainbow Falls is a top Smoky Mountain experience and one of the most rewarding hikes you can go on.
5) Newfound Gap Road: The mountains of the Smokies created a landscape difficult to traverse. At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, created in 1932. Travel this road to sightsee and marvel at the many mountains, variety of forests, deep valleys and spectacular scenery only available in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.