The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an area of astounding American heritage, located hundreds of miles away from metropolitan life. The breathtaking North Carolina
area is often ranked as the most visited national park in the USA
Holiday cabins and vacation rentals in the Smoky Mountains are easily secured, with delectable paradise settings set deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The climate can be unpredictable and changeable throughout the year, but with very few extremes.
With motorists thwarted from entering the park for several months of the year, the park retains its secluded personality. Explore historic coves, valleys and waterfalls along charming, picturesque hikes and reach Clingmans Dome, the highest point of the park.
Visitors with a real sense of adventure will thrive in this rural environment, with restaurants and bars certainly a rarity. Grocery stores provide ready-to-eat supplies that can adequately fill the void. The Smoky Mountains have to be seen to be believed – a true location of natural beauty and a stunning location for a holiday rental property.
The Great Smoky Mountains pick up where the Blue Ridge Parkway ends and get their name from the smoky haze which crowns their tops. They are a 520,000 acre park, only half of which lies in North Carolina, and amongst the peak and valleys you will find bears, deer, wild goose, as well as a kaleidoscopic array of flowers and 130 native species of trees. There are approximately 800 miles of trekking trails and also hundreds of miles of streams and rivers that are home to smallmouth and rock bass, as well as brown and rainbow trout.
The most obvious thing to do if you book up a North Carolina Smoky Mountains vacation rental home in or near the park is to hike but there are also a few great road routes begging to be driven which offer sensational viewpoints, like the beautiful Newfound Gap Road with its lush green trees in the summer, or snow-covered in the winter, or the scenic River Trail which follows a flowing river to Cades Cave and offers many opportunities to pull over for those great snapshots, or the very winding Tail of the Dragon road, with its 319 curves in just over 11 miles, perfect for motorbikes and serious riders.
But hiking is the thing to do here and you could hike to the Grotto Falls, admiring the flowers and trees along the way, and go for a dip in its clear and very fresh water pool, or you could attempt the slightly more difficult Alum Cave Trail where you may sometimes have to use the system of cables to ease you past a few of the slick spots and where you can explore the varied ecosystem of the area. You can also head for the Ramsey Cascades, a challenging hike which culminates at the spectacular 100 foot high cascades, or try for the very steep ascent up to the Chimney Tops, a two mile hike that gains almost 500 meters in height but then affords you some great panoramic sunset views and a wonderful area for a pic nic, or, alternatively, try the much easier Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail which is actually wheelchair and stroller accessible.
You can do a lot of rafting along the rivers and rapids of the mountains and if you book into a North Carolina Smoky Mountains vacation rental home in the Apalachian Mountains in the winter, there are plenty of options for skiing and, since the major resorts are all close together, you can resort-hop and do a different one every day.
These mountains are basically custom made for hiking. They offer so many trails that you could keep coming back every year and see different things, and the most important thing is that they have trails of varying difficulty so you will find something for everyone.