Water spills over the overheard trestle in Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina
Top 10 Family-Friendly Things To Do Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Biltmore is a 250-room French Renaissance mega-mansion-turned-museum that will leave visitors awestruck by its epic scale and luxury.
There are 65 fireplaces and 43 bathrooms, as well as 75 acres of gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., the genius behind New York's Central Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Featuring sharp turns, climbs, and descents, the Blue Ridge Parkway will make you feel significantly removed from everyday life as you wind through forests and mountains.
Of course, you don't have to drive the full 460 miles to experience these stunning views, located to the east of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cades Cove

This 11-mile loop is best taken at a snail's pace so as not to miss the wildlife sightings of white-tailed deer, black bears, raccoons, turkeys, coyotes, and groundhogs.
There are plenty of pull-offs and viewing areas on this high-impact excursion, and the roads are only open to cyclists and pedestrians on Wednesdays from May to September.


The town called Cherokee is a fascinating place for the entire family to learn about the 13,000-year-old history of the tribe, starting with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
The Oconaluftee Indian Village meticulously recreates an 18th-century Cherokee settlement with log cabin houses, crafting demonstrations, and traditional performances.

Chimney Tops Trail

A trail called Chimney Tops is one of the most beloved walks in the park, though it does require some exertion, clocking in at 3.5 miles while rising 1,400 feet in elevation.
The summit was closed following a fire in 2016, but the fantastic views you'll enjoy during the walk still make it a family adventure not to miss.