Outdoor activites are one of main reasons people come to the Smokies. There is so much to do, you won't want to go home. A partial list of ways to spend your vacation is listed below:
NOTE: When you click on the underlined words, you will find links full of additional information about the place and activity listed, so click away and plan your entire vacation.
Mountain golf --some of North Carolina's best golf courses are listed here,
Lots of hiking and other activities in the Great Smoky MountainsNational Park including information on Cade's Cove and Cataloochee Valley, and the nature calendar of plant and wildlife inside the Park
This Blue Ridge Parkwaylink lists hiking trails, Parkway Infromation, and a Bloom Calendar of plant life on the Parkway within 100 miles of Maggie Valley.
The 1998 US Olympic kayaking team practiced at Nantahala Outdoor Center, on of the many ourstanding whitewater rafting companies located here.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railway--take a 4 hour train ride. You can have your choice of riding behind a steam engine or diesel, open or closed car, dinner trip, and other options as well.
The Appalachian Trail runs right through the heart of the Smokies. Many start the trail but few actually manage to hike it end to end. This link will give you a wealth of information on the trail should you decide to test your spirit of adeventure.
The Cradle of Forestry--a museum of the history of logging at the birthplace of forestry in America,
*Scenic touring--there are many driving tours both in and out of the National Park as well as on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a look at our scenic tours page. We developed it just for you!