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Have you been trying to decide if you want to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? We want to share with you some of the reasons why you’ll want to visit the national park when you stay with us. You can do all kinds of fun things, and the best part is it’s free! Here are the 5 reasons why you should visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

1. It’s Free

cades cove smoky mountainsEveryone wants to save money, right? So why not take advantage of doing stuff for free on your vacation! There is no entrance fee for entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is unique, because most of the other national parks in the country charge a fee so you can enter the park. You don’t have to pay a fee because when Newfound Gap Road was acquired by the government to be part of the national park, Tennessee said the only way they would hand over the deed to the road is if there would never be a toll.

2. There’s History

If you love history, then you definitely should visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are so many historic places you can visit, from The Old Mill to Cataloochee. You can see old homesteads with cabins and barns or grist mills that are still operational. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll probably find a historic spot in the Smokies that will be enjoyable for you!

3. See Wildlife

black bear smoky mountainsDo you love animals? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is full of all kinds of wildlife, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see some while you’re in the area! The most popular animal in the Smokies is black bears. Other animals you could see include white tailed deer, raccoons, birds, and many more. We want you and the animals to be safe, so do not get within 50 yards of bears or other animals. Keep your distance, and make sure you throw away your trash in a designated area.

4. Get Out in Nature

A huge perk of visiting the Smokies is being able to get outside and spend time in nature. Do you love to be active and see all kinds of features in nature? You should go hiking! There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in the national park to choose from. You don’t have to go hiking to enjoy nature; you can bring food with you and have a picnic while you sit outside beside a creek. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll love being outside!

5. Spend Time Together

hiking trail in the smokiesThe most important reason you should visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is you’ll be able to spend time together. Whether you come with your significant other, family, or friends, you’ll have a blast being together. You’ll make memories out on the trails, splashing in the creek after a picnic, or just enjoying driving through the park.

You’ll definitely want to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when you stay with us. Are you ready to plan your next trip? Look through our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms and book yours today!