11 Photos of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In case you need even more reason to visit, I wanted to share our favorite 11 photos of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photos include Cades Cove Loop Road, Clingman’s Dome, Abram Falls Trail, and more.

One of the beautiful views during a drive through the park. We found traffic along this route was low during the early morning hours. But even in the start of the season of May, traffic picked up around 10am.
This area truly is a lush green haven. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the fall. Just one more reason to return!

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Can you spot the Mama bear and her 3 cubs!! This was taken on the side of the road, just outside of the park.
Highly recommend the walk/hike up to Clingman’s Dome. Ben flew up the hill but I had to take a few breaks. Bring water and take your time, there’s no rush.

Highly recommend a morning bike ride around Cades Cove Loop in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We were surprised we only saw a few bears this morning, but our theory was that the fog was hiding a lot of them. Even still, this was a beautiful way to spend the morning. Wear layers – it was a bit chilly! On Wednesdays there are no cars allowed on the loop road so you’ll see a ton of bikers!

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Another beautiful view from a drive within the park.
This photo was taken just outside Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains which is known for their elk population. We waited for 10 minutes as this male elk was having a staring contest with a female elk in the woods to the right.

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There were butterflies everywhere in the Great Smoky Mountains!
A black bear, just casually walking down the Abrams Falls hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains. This was one of the coolest travel experiences we’ve had so far. Ben had to shoo it away because it kept lingering. We’re guessing it wanted a bit of food – but don’t feed them!
Beware of multiple low bridges if you’re driving an RV through the park.
Abrams Falls Trail offers a relaxing waterfall at the end.

I hope these 11 photos of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park convinced you to visit. Whether for a quick weekend getaway or a longer adventure, you won’t regret it.

Happy traveling!