Explore the mountains, rivers, farmlands, historic downtown areas, and quaint villages for two hundred miles along the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The history of Tennessee and the history of America grew from the Great Smoky Mountains Byway region and provide a first-hand tour of history and culture. Discover the land of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, the first break-away state after the Revolutionary War, the seeds of the Emancipation Movement, the National Storytelling Festival, the birth-ground of country music and shaping of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The Great Smoky Mountains Byway will escort you through the beginnings of the great state of Tennessee.
Tubing in the river
Be Tennessee original! When you travel the byway discover the rich culture. Find the musician in yourself. Become a story teller. Create a piece of fine art or craft work. Learn what it means, at a personal level, to struggle against discrimination and conflict. Explore the oldest mountains and rivers in America. Climb a steep mountain or plunge down a churning, foaming river. Savor the solitude of a back country road and delight in the taste of a crisp mountain apple.
The premier destination along the Great Smoky Mountains byway is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Combined with the surrounding public lands of the Cherokee, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, this amazing swath of public lands is almost as large as Yellowstone National Park. The perfect way to explore this beautiful region is by traveling the Great Smoky Mountains Byway and then creating a grand circle by following the path of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Appalachian natural wonders, arts and crafts, charming downtowns - - it all awaits you along this grand circle of the Smokies.
A Smokey Mountain sunset
Take a long weekend and stay in a historic inn, B&B, dine in the local restaurants, and uncover treasures to take home from shops along the way. Have fun at one of the many festivals. And don’t miss Pigeon Forge and Dollywood, one of America’s premier tourism destinations. From the penguins and sharks at the Ripley’s aquarium, to a country music jamboree to bumper cars and corn dogs, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood will provide memories that last a lifetime.
Byway Leader: Vicki Simms
Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
811 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Toll Free: 865-436-4178