Maggie Valley NC Hotel - Lodging in the Smoky Mountains at the Abbey Inn Motel

hotel motel in Maggie Valley in the Smoky Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

NOTE: click on the underlined words below to find more information on the various activites and places in the Great Smoky Mountains Park.

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The GreatSmoky Mountains National Park offers adventure and good times for all who visit. The serious hikerand/or rock climber can spend days getting to the top of Mount LeConte, others can try many easier hikes, including the Chimneys Tops, which is shown in the picture to the right. You can stay in your car for a wonderfully scenic drive, or stop for a picnic about halway along the way at the Chimneys picnic area. Don't forget your fishihg gear, there's plenty of great fishing right in the Park.

CataloocheValley still contains and showcases the remnants of a 19th century settlement. It is a beautiful place to spend a day walking, looking at the old buildings and admiring nature at its very best. It is full of mountain laurel, rhododendron and wildflowers.  What a way to spend a day communing nature!

The National Park creates its own Nature's Calendar.  This like lists bloom times and which birds make their appearance in which month as well as some of the activities offered by the Park Service for those interested in some history

Wherever you may go, be sure to look for evidence of wildlife.  You might see deer, wolf, red fox, black bear, elk, wild turkeys, and more

After a satisfyingly tranquil day, made drowsy by the sunshine, head back to a cozy room and comfortable bed at the Abbey Inn.

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Clingman's Dome, which boasts of being at 6,631 feet elevation, is the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains. Located right on the North Carolina and Tennessee borders, it is actually in North Carolina, although it is often claimed by Tennessee. A nine mile, two lane paved spur road will take you to Clingman's Dome from the Newfound Gap overlook. At the end of the drive is a sizable parking lot offering great views, and a one-half mile  paved but strenuous trail leading to a lookout tower from where you can see 5 states on a clear day.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts 8 million visitors every year, making it the most visited National Park in the United States.  Besides numeorous hiking trails and scenic overlooks, the park also showcases an unrestored 19th century settlement in Cataloochee Valley on the North Carolina side, and a restored villiage in Cade's Cove on the Tennessee side.

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