Gatlinburg Attractions: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the top Gatlinburg attractions that bring travelers from all over the world to The Park Vista, A Doubletree by Hilton. You’ll encounter cascading waterfalls, wildlife, hiking trails, breathtaking flora vibrant year-round, and the list goes on. Consume yourself in a natural wonderland as you explore the magical landscapes, and don’t forget to bring your camera along as you’ll want to capture the unforgettable scenery of the park!

Waterfall Hunting

When you’re exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plan a day trip to search for some of the most majestic waterfalls you can find! The park is a photographer’s dream as you’ll be able to capture cascading waterfalls, towering pines, wildflowers, wildlife, and so much more. Grotto Falls is the only waterfall you can walk behind at the park, and it features a generally easy hike, and you’ll be surrounded by wildflowers and an old-growth forest along the way!

When you’re looking for kid-friendly hiking, the trek to Laurel Falls is perfect as it’s a 2.6-mile paved trail that is stroller friendly. Explore Laurel Falls early in the morning to avoid the crowds as it’s quite popular. When you’re in search of the tallest waterfall in the park, the Ramsey Cascades is a real treat where you’ll pass by tulip trees roam through a hardwood forest as you encounter the 100-foot tall waterfall!

Photo of the Mountains near The Park Vista. Mountains Remain One of the Top Gatlinburg Attractions.

Nature and Wildlife

Nature lovers will have the opportunity for wildlife viewing in the Great Smoky Mountains as 65 different mammals are within the park. Among the most popular, you’ll find white-tailed deer, elk, coyote, fox, bobcats, and, of course, black bears!

While black bears are smaller than grizzlies, they can become quite friendly to humans when food is present (a little too friendly distance-wise if you catch our drift). We’re not advising you to stay away from the park because of the wildlife; however, it is best to follow regulations and do your research about how to interact when you have a run-in. That being said, bring your camera, and we suggest checking out Cades Cove on the western side where an abundance of animals roam!

Smoky Mountain Hotels

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park features waterfalls, hikes, and wildlife viewing opportunities during your daily adventures; however, you’ll also be able to fish, horseback ride, bike, and take auto tours as well! As you start to plan your trip to one of the biggest Gatlinburg attractions while staying at The Park Vista, you’ll be happy to know the City of Gatlinburg’s Trolley stops at our front door for pick up and drop off throughout the day and will bring you straight to the entrance of the national park.

The trolley fee is a mere .50 cents per person, per trolley ride, will bring you to various locations, and you can check out running schedule at! Choose a guestroom that overlooks the Smoky Mountains from your private balcony to fully engulf yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you during your stay. Give us a call to make reservations at 1-865-436-9211.

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