Summertime in Paradise

As the song goes, the closest place to Heaven that I know of is Smoky Mountain, Tennessee (as well as North Carolina). Oh, how true!

No other place offers more activities for the entire family than the Smoky Mountains. More than 850 miles of hiking trails span The Great Smoky Mountains. The trails range from easy to difficult and provide short walks to week-long backpacking treks.

Additionally, the National Park Service reports that there are over 2,000 miles of streams in the Smokies, dotted with beautiful waterfalls and cascades. The following link will guide you to many of the most popular.

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm

Summertime is perfect for bringing the family to camp in the Smokies! The National Park Service maintains developed campgrounds in 10 locations. Reservations are accepted online.

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/frontcountry-camping.htm

Beginning May 30th through June 6th, visitors chosen through a special lottery system will be able to view the Elkmont Fireflies. Why are they so special? Because they light up at one time – they are synchronous!

In the National Park alone, there are over 19 species of fireflies. If you have missed the lottery drawing for this year’s Synchronous Fireflies, don’t fret! There are plenty of glowing lightening bugs in the Smoky Mountains and, of course, plenty of synchronous fireflies lighting up Elkmont!

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