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Blue Ridge Recreation
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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