Now that summer is here you might want to take advantage of the great weather and take on the Smoky Mountain’s many scenic trails. Or, you could go on a leisurely drive that winds through lush forests on your way to a jaw-dropping summit. Either way, you will be in awe of gorgeous Smoky Mountain views that keep visitors coming back for more.
We have nine of our favorite views here, some of which we have mentioned in previous blog posts. That just shows how much locals like us love these postcard vistas and want to share them with visitors to the Smokies, and especially our guests.
This peak is one of the highest in the park and thus offers views not found elsewhere. It’s also one of the toughest in terms of elevation gain and length. Running along the Appalachian Trail for much of its course, the trail takes you to the most dramatic sight of the Pigeon River Gorge.
Photo by Chris M Morris
Arguably the most visited area of the National Park, the mist-shrouded Cove is wildlife watcher’s paradise, and its well-preserved buildings allow visitors a glimpse into the Smokies’ pioneer past. Arrive here as early as possible to avoid the crowds on the 11 mile loop road, or consider taking a bike or hike instead.
Photo by Arkansas Shutterbug
As an offshoot trail on Clingman’s Dome, this hike just might be the perfect combination of accessible hiking and great views. You’ll end up on a flat-top meadow that still might be filled with grassy fields and blazing colorful flowers, with several options for exploring other trails.
Photo by Kevin Stewart Photography
If you are ready for an epic hike, this one will definitely challenge you with an 11-mile round trip on five trails and an over 2700-foot elevation gain. But once you arrive at its showcase view, Alum Cave, you’ll know your hard effort has paid off in a one-of-a-kind vista you’ll never forget. Along the way, you’ll also see cascading water and interesting geology.
On the tallest mountain in the area, the only hiking you’ll have is to take a relatively steep but short half-mile walkway to the observation tower. But even with less exercise, you’ll find that this spot is worth the sacrifice. There are plenty of photo-worthy turnouts along the way on Clingman’s Dome Road as well.
Photo by Your Reflections Photography
These 80 foot falls is named for the mountain laurel which grows throughout the area. The trail is 2.6 miles and moderately difficult but the 2 hours or so that it takes to hike to this Smoky Mountain waterfall is so very rewarding.
Photo by Pat Murray
Part of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, this easy 2.6 mile hike is ideal for just about everyone. You’ll hike through old-growth forest on the Trillium Gap Trail, which makes most of the trek comfortably shady. Once you arrive at the 25-foot falls, be sure to walk behind them to cool off and see a more watery view of the world.
Photo by Eric Norris
Yes, this place inspired the country song of the same name. But once you arrive at Spence Field five miles up the trail, you’ll see why this mountain is immortalized in music. The flat meadow offers endless views of the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina side. If you have the energy, continue on part of the Appalachian Trail for even more amazing vistas.
Photo by Matthew Otwell
This peak gets its moment of fame during early summer, when flame azaleas cover the summit and those of different colors are scattered everywhere. Nonetheless, it’s still a fantastic place to gaze upon many of the Smoky Mountains’ most beloved places, including Cades Cove, Fontana Lake and the far eastern mountain ranges into North Carolina, any time of the year.
Photo by Bob
If you want more information about any of the spectacular and romantic Smoky Mountain views mentioned here, we would love to share it with you. As your Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast resort, it’s also where you can sit back and relax after a long day of exploring these special places. Book your reservation for your getaway now.