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cades coveCades Cove

One of the most popular day trips in the Smoky Mountains is to Cades Cove. Plan to spend at least 2 to 3 hours in the Cove where you will want to make frequent stops to view historic buildings, wildlife, scenic views, and maybe take a hike. There is a picnic area with BBQ grills. There are also several areas throughout the Cove where you can enjoy a picnic, but there are no tables.
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clingmans domeClingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the national park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi River. The Dome is situated half in North Carolina and half in Tennessee. The peak is accessible after driving Clingmans Dome Road from Newfound Gap, and then walking a steep half-mile trail. A paved trail leads to a 54-foot observation tower. The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, the highest point along its 2,144 mile journey.
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the sinksThe Sinks

This section of the park is magnificent with its rushing waters and gigantic boulders. Many people swim in its rivers, but the National Park Service does not recommend this because waters can rise rapidly and undercurrents can be very strong. It is beautiful to view and is a great spot for photography. There is a hiking trail, and wildlife can often be seen here. The Sinks area is situated between Townsend, TN and Gatlinburg, TN. The drive is wonderful with lots of scenic views.
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elkmont historic districtElkmont

Elkmont was originally a resort area for wealthy people from Maryville and Knoxville TN during logging days. The town was abandoned when Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established. It is now an historic district which includues the original cabins and a clubhouse which was refurbished in 2012. The area is situated on the Little River Gorge River and contains a campground. Elkmont is 5 miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center.
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