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Clingmans Dome picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mingus Mill picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Clingmans Dome picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Newfound Gap Road picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mountain Laurel picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Chimney Tops picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Winter Mountains picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Winter Stream picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Redbuds picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rainbow Falls picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elk picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cub Yearling picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Grotto Falls Trail picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sugarlands Visitor Center picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove Visitor Center picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Laurel Falls picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Abrams Falls Trail picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Roaring Fork Motor Trail picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The panoramic view from Clingmans Dome is worth the hike, especially when fall foliage peaks. http://www.gettyimages.com/license/178058588 Getty Images

One highlight of a visit to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is Mingus Mill, a historic gristmill built in 1886. Matthew Paulson Flickr

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.  Wray Sinclair Getty Images

The Newfound Gap, which sits at an elevation of 5,046 feet, is the lowest drivable pass in the park. SeanPavonePhoto Getty Images

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 jcarillet Getty Images

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.  GreenStock Getty Images

Snow turns the Great Smoky Mountains into a winter postcard. AmysArt Getty Images

Though the park is open 365 days a year, some roads and trails may be closed due to snow. rogertrenth Getty Images

In the spring, the mountain forests are filled with colorful redbuds and mountain laurel. Betty4240 Getty Images

Rainbow Falls is accessible on a trailhead off the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. sstevens3 Getty Images

Although deer are more common, you may see an elk in the Cades Cove area or along Newfound Gap Road. Tim Lumley Flickr

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. WendellandCarolyn Getty Images

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. mhare2000 Getty Images

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. jcarillet Getty Images

The Cades Cove Visitor Center offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits, including access to the historic Becky Cable House. NPS

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 Getty Images

The Abrams Falls hike is not for novices, but experienced trekkers love packing a picnic lunch to enjoy at the base of the falls. JimVallee Getty Images

Stop along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail to walk behind a waterfall at Grotto Falls. SuperT76 Getty Images

Cades Cove is one of the most popular spots in the park, especially with hikers and cyclists. Courtesy Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Clingmans Dome picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mingus Mill picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Clingmans Dome picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Newfound Gap Road picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mountain Laurel picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Chimney Tops picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Winter Mountains picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Winter Stream picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Redbuds picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rainbow Falls picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elk picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cub Yearling picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Grotto Falls Trail picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sugarlands Visitor Center picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove Visitor Center picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Laurel Falls picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Abrams Falls Trail picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Roaring Fork Motor Trail picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove picture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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