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National Parks & the Appalachian Trail


Eastern Tennessee is home to the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains – part of the expansive Appalachian Mountains range covering large portions of eastern America.

With so much stark, outdoor beauty in eastern Tennessee, an endless supply of outdoor recreation await vistiors of the Smoky Mountains.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to two national parks: the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the eastern border of the Volunteer State. This massive park neighbors cities like Gatlinburg, Newport, and Townsend – all just east of the Knoxville metro area.

A 500,000-acre playground, Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be reached along U.S. Highway 441 in Gatlinburg near the Sugarlands Visitors' Center, and features hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, nature viewing, and cycling.

During your time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, trek a down a number of hiking trails – totaling 850 miles inlcuding 70 miles of the legendary Appalachian Trail. Make your way down the Alum Cave Trail to the Mount Le Conte, or hike to the head of the iconic Chimney Tops.

Enjoy sightseeing along the Laurel Falls Trail, or get a great view of the park and the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Clingman's Dome observation deck. As for anglers, look forward to a day of reeling in brown and rainbow trout throughout the park.

Other outdoor activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains include white water rafting on the Ocoee River and Nantahla River, horseback riding in the Tennessee River Valley, and even golf courses in Sevier County.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Cedar Bluff Inn

420 N Peters Road, Knoxville TN 37922-2332
Phone: +1 865-539-0058  |  Fax: (865) 539-4887  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Strawberry Inn & Suites

7260 Saddlerack Street, Knoxville TN 37914-9575
Phone: +1 865-544-7737  |  Fax: (865) 251-0041  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Knoxville Suites - Downtown

5317 Pratt Road, Knoxville TN 37912-2706
Phone: +1 865-687-9922  |  Fax: (865) 687-1032  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Newport Inn

1015 Cosby Highway, Newport TN 37821-7323
Phone: +1 423-623-8713  |  Fax: (423) 623-1804  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plaza Inn

3755 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863-3813
Phone: +1 865-453-5538  |  Fax: (865) 453-2619  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Toni Inn

3810 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863-3816
Phone: +1 865-453-9058  |  Fax: (865) 453-2621  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Cades Cove Inn

7824 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend TN 37882-4027
Phone: +1 865-448-9000  |  Fax: (865) 448-9254  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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