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3 Advantages of Vacationing at Our Hotel Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gatlinburg, TN is right next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. People come from all over the world to enjoy the beauty of the national park’s mountain landscapes, wooded hiking paths, and rushing rivers. When you stay at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg, you will be just 200 yards from the entrance to the national park. Here are the top 3 advantages of staying at our hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

1. Endless Entertainment for Free

smoky mountainsUnlike many other national parks in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not charge an entrance fee! When the state of Tennessee transferred their deed to Newfound Gap Road to the federal government to create the national park in 1934, the deed contained a clause guaranteeing that “no toll or license fee shall ever be imposed” to enter the Smokies. Thanks to this act by the Tennessee legislature, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has remained accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. There are so many fun things you can do when you visit the park, including hiking the trails, have a picnic, take a scenic drive, and enjoy the sights. You get to enjoy all of the beauty of the area for free.

2. Near the Trailheads for the Park’s Best Hikes

Another advantage of staying at our hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is proximity to the area’s very best hikes. With over 800 miles of trails, you are guaranteed to find a hike to suit your interests and ability. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant stroll that is less than a mile long, or a challenging 11-mile trek, the Smokies have got you covered! You will be able to see waterfalls, creeks, old forest growth, historic buildings, and so much more. According to the National Park Service, these are the 5 most popular hikes in the national park:Abrams Falls in Smoky Mountains

  • Appalachian Trail
  • Abrams Falls Trail
  • Laurel Falls Trail
  • Alum Cave Trail
  • Trillium Gap Trail/Grotto Falls

3. Scenic Drives in the National Park

If hiking isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park right from the comfort of your car! The national park is home to a number of roads that offer stunning views of the area’s picturesque landscapes. You will be able to enjoy wildflowers, mountain views, historic sights, and possibly even wildlife. Here are a few of the best scenic drives in the Smokies:cades cove loop in the smoky mountains

  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Newfound Gap Road
  • Cades Cove Loop Road
  • Upper Tremont Road
  • Clingmans Dome Road

When you stay at our hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you will be minutes away from all of the beautiful hikes, drives, and other popular destinations in the Smokies. With balconies overlooking the mountains, an enclosed heated pool, complimentary hot breakfast, and an on-site gym, we have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. To start planning your next escape in the Smokies, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!