Cataloochee Elk LG - Summer In The Smoky Mountains


Summer in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee offers beautiful scenery and great experiences in the cooler elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sight-seeing is the number one activity with beautiful trails, cool waterfalls, gorgeous plants and flowers and a variety of trails for hiking. And there are Rangers and Ranger stations for help and advice. And if you don’t want to or can’t get out of your car, you can drive several scenic rides. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail start right out of Gatlinburg at the end of Motor Nature Trail.

The Cades Cover Loop Road is an 11-mile, one-way drive in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tennessee, and you will see historic buildings and perhaps some native wildlife like deer and maybe a Black Bear or two. Additional drives include Newfound Gap Road, the Cataloochee Valley and the Upper Tremont Road.

The National Park also offers several events during the summer including Traditional Old Time Music, the WILD Program, Junior Ranger programs to learn about Bear, Elk and the Civil War, Hayrides, Ranger-led hikes and more.

Come for the fun, come for the enjoyment, come for the exercise, come to learn or simply come to drink in the wondrous beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of America’s truest treasures.