Weary city dwellers can find relaxation and much needed respite in the verdant hills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A vast and beautiful part of Appalachia covering the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, the park is home to a large number of plant and wildlife species, as well as scenic trails and challenging hiking routes. It is also a place steeped in interesting history dating back to the Paleo Indians and early European settlements.
Top of the list when visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park is usually a trip to the Cades Cove, Fontana Dam and other star attractions, but it also pays to go further afield, on roads a little less travelled, to experience some other equally rewarding adventures. Here we break down some of our favourite overlooked attractions in the vicinity and what you should do once you get there.
The Roaring Fork Trail has a number of particularly beautiful waterfalls – Rainbow and Grotto Falls immediately spring to mind, but along its route there is one waterfall that often doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. Place of a thousand drips is a network of intricate cascading waterfalls that travel through complex rock formations, formed hundreds of years ago. Visitors can view the spectacle without leaving their cars on the main trail path, and the most impressive time to catch a glimpse of the labyrinth of waterfalls is during the rainy season, when it is in full effect.