Smokey Bear Campground in Gatlinburg, TN

This post is provided by our friends at the Smokey Bear Campground in Gatlinburg, TN.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Bear Campground is located across from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,  which is the most visited National Park in America. The Park offers many hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The trails offer beautiful waterfalls, panoramic vistas, and serene old growth forests. For those who prefer to enjoy nature in the comfort of their car, the Park offers many scenic drives such as Cades Cove Loop and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. During these drives, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife…..hopefully even see a few BEARS! For the fishermen, fly fishing for native and rainbow trout is a must. The Little Pigeon River located in the Greenbrier section of the Park is only 6 miles from the campground. The real beauty of the area is in the mountains and it is FREE. Bring a picnic basket and wear good walking shoes.

Approximately 12 miles from Smoky Bear Campground is the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg, which has over 400 shops, artisan galleries, and boutiques. A few attractions include: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, Scenic Chair Lift, and Ober Gatlinburg, which can be reached by driving your car or riding the scenic aerial tram to the top of the mountain.

Also located in Gatlinburg is the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Travel the 8 mile Loop to enjoy the area’s time honored mountain crafts and traditional art forms. Over 180 crafts people demonstrate their skills.

For even more shopping and entertainment, Pigeon Forge, only 18 miles from the campground, is the shop-till-you-drop “Mecca” of the South and home to Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Mountain. Shopping at the many outlet mall stores will ensure that you save money on everything from clothing to home furnishings. Also visit the many theaters which offer musical productions to entertain you.

Other area options include horseback riding, white water rafting and tubing, boat rental and fishing at French Broad River and Douglas Lake. Golfing options include Bent Creek Golf Course, located only 2 ½ miles from Smoky Bear Campground, rated in the top 50 golf courses in Tennessee and designed by Gary Player.

Finally, come on back to the campground, build a fire, sit back and relax in the quiet setting of Smoky Bear Campground.

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