Into The Laurel: Hiking Laurel Falls Trail

Laurel Falls Trail remains one of the most visited hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and for good reason. The trail is a relatively easy hike; in 1963, the trail was paved and graded due to erosion, which made the trail more accesible. This trail is abundant with laurel for which it is named. The trail, in total, is 4 miles, but hikers reach Laurel Falls in 1.3 miles. After Laurel Falls, the trail winds to the summit of Cove Mountain and Cove...

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The Unusual and Spectacular Charlies Bunion

Charlies Bunion is a unique, popular hike in the Smoky Mountains. Hikers climb 1,600 feet in elevation in the 8-mile round trip hike. At its highest point, the trail rises to 5,565 ft in elevation. Named after its great stone protrusion, which juts from below the summit, Charlies Bunion remains a favorite for hikers, with breathtaking views and a rare, tree-less summit. Mother nature carved Charlies Bunion. Mountain fires in 1925 blazed a destructive path, destroying trees...

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Shutdown: A Few Tips

After the partial government shutdown furloughed non-essential government workers, visitors to the Smokies were left wondering if they would be unable to see the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during their visit this fall. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is “technically” shut down, but that doesn’t mean visitors are left empty-handed. One advantage the Smokies has over other national parks is that its free to enter; therefore, no toll booths...

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Rainy Day Ideas

You planned to visit Cades Coves, go on a picnic, and hike the Appalachian Trail – but it rained! Don’t let the rain ruin your day, there’s plenty to do in the Smoky Mountain area. Shopping One of the greatest things about the Smokies is the numerous places to shop. From the unique gift shops on the Gatlinburg Parkway to the rugged experience of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, or the eclectic mix of stores in the Mountain Mall – you could spend hours....

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Weeknight Getaway Contest

Like us on Facebook for a chance to win! Simply like Smoky Mountain Resorts’ facebook page through the form below to be entered for a chance to win two free nights in one of our hotels! a Rafflecopter giveaway You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway. Terms & Conditions This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Prize includes one certificate valid for two...

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Fall Colors

As the days become shorter, and the nights become cooler, the Great Smokies burst with Autumn color. The photo above was taken on October 2nd, and shows the beginning of leaf change in the higher elevations. Most fo the park remains green yet, but as we progress through the month of October, the palette of Nature will change throughout the range. The views from Newfound Gap, Clingman’s Dome, and many other vantage points provide great photo opportunities for...

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