The panoramic view from Clingmans Dome is worth the hike, especially when fall foliage peaks.
One highlight of a visit to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is Mingus Mill, a historic gristmill built in 1886.
Clingmans Dome is not only the highest point in Tennessee, but also in the park itself. On a clear day, you may be able to see more than 100 miles.
The Newfound Gap, which sits at an elevation of 5,046 feet, is the lowest drivable pass in the park.
To spot blooming mountain laurel around the park, plan your visit for early May or June, when you'll find these bright shrubs scattered along the trails, especially by the aptly named Laurel Falls.
One of the most popular trails in the park, Chimney Tops is one of the few mountains that has a bare rock summit and the views from the summit are spectacular.
Snow turns the Great Smoky Mountains into a winter postcard.
Though the park is open 365 days a year, some roads and trails may be closed due to snow.
In the spring, the mountain forests are filled with colorful redbuds and mountain laurel.
Rainbow Falls is accessible on a trailhead off the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Although deer are more common, you may see an elk in the Cades Cove area or along Newfound Gap Road.
This baby bear may look cute and harmless, but you can be sure its mother is nearby. Travelers should never approach bears and report any sightings to the National Park Service.
Located at the No. 5 stop on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Grotto Falls sits along the 3-mile Trillium Gap Trail, offering a cool respite from the summer heat.
Most visitors recommend making Sugarlands Visitor Center the first stop to pick up trail and road maps, find out about closures and learn more about the park through the center's free film and extensive wildlife exhibit.
The Cades Cove Visitor Center offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits, including access to the historic Becky Cable House.
The Laurel Falls Trail, one of the most popular in the park, is named for the mountain laurel that line its path.
Brian W. Downs
The Abrams Falls hike is not for novices, but experienced trekkers love packing a picnic lunch to enjoy at the base of the falls.
Stop along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail to walk behind a waterfall at Grotto Falls.
Cades Cove is one of the most popular spots in the park, especially with hikers and cyclists.
Courtesy Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau