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Smoky Mountains Area Features

Activities To Enjoy

Picnicking
An American tradition, and no trip to the Smokies is complete without one. Please remember to dispose of all garbage and NEVER feed the bears! The Park contains several designated picnic areas with tables and grills.

Picnic Area Location Features
Big Creek State 32 from Cosby Small, quiet campground and creek
Cades Cove Little River Road Great start-off for the 11-mile Loop
Chimneys Newfound Gap Road Large picnic area on banks of Little Pigeon River
Deep Creek Hwy. 19 from Cherokee Covered amphitheater with several waterfall hikes nearby
Greenbrier Hwy. 321 from Gatlinburg Open & sheltered picnic areas in a perfect setting
Heintooga Balsam Mountain Road Highest picnic area in park offering great views
Metcalf Bottoms Little River Road Shady picnic tables in the cozy woods or along the river

Mountain roads
They take travelers off the beaten path for an unforgettable auto tour through some of the Smokies' most interesting places.

Road One-way Mileage Driving Time Location Road Type
Balsam Mountain Road
9
30 min.
Blue Ridge Parkway Two-way, paved
Cades Cove Loop
11
1 hour
Cades Cove Historic District One-way, paved
Cataloochee
6
30 min.
I-40 at U.S. 276 Two-way, dead end
Cherokee Orchard Road
3.5
15 min.
Gatlinburg to Roaring Fork Two-way, paved
Foothills Parkway East
6
15 min.
Hwy. 321, Cosby Two-way, paved
Foothills Parkway West
18
30 min.
U.S. 32_1N to U.S. 129 Two-way, paved
Heintooga Ridge
14
1 hour
Balsam Mountain Road Two-way, paved
Lakeview Drive
6
20 min.
Bryson City, NC Two-way, dead end
Parson Branch
8
1 hour
Cades Cove One-way, unpaved
Rich Mountain Road
7
1 hour
Cades Cove One-way, unpaved
Roaring Fork Motor Trail
5
1 hour
Cherokee Orchard Road One-way, paved

Swimming
Swimming in a cool mountain stream on a muggy summer day is an experience like no other. Always use caution and common sense and never swim alone.

Area Location Features
Big Creek State 32 from Cosby Quiet, peaceful area with a refreshing creek
Deep Creek Hwy. 19 from Cherokee Great for tubing - bring your own or rent one
Greenbrier Hwy. 321 from Gatlinburg Just pick any spot on the gorgeous middle prong of the Little Pigeon River
Metcalf Bottoms Little River Road Wade in and skip rocks across this calm, wide area of the river
The Sinks Little River Road The Smokies' deepest swimmin' hole
Townsend 'Wye' Little River Road & Laurel Creek Road intersection Broad, placid stretch of river with grassy banks for sunbathing
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