This Is Great Smoky Mountain National Park Too

There’s more than just waterfalls in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In fact it is probably more known for its wildlife. The park is home to coyotes, deer, turkeys, elk and most notably for the approximately 1600 black bears that live in those mountains. We had the chances to meet 2 of them. Kinda cool to watch a bear climb up a tree to feed.

Black Bear in GSMNP

Black Bear in GSMNP

And it is also known for its scenic views of the mountains, often covered in a little haze—hence the name Smoky Mountians—that gives the Smokies a beautiful blue glow on sunny days. And even on overcast days, when the sky is dark and gloomy, the views are magnificent.

Scenic Views of Great Smoky Mountain NP

Scenic Views of Great Smoky Mountain NP

I could have spent at least a few more days in the Smokies enjoying the views, the hikes and the wildlife. But we had a few more plans, so I guess I will have to save that for another year.

Scenic Views of Great Smoky Mountain NP

The Waterfalls of Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee encompasses 2114km2 making it one of the biggest national parks in the US. It is home to about 1600 black bears which everyone wants to see. It is also known for its many waterfalls. Too many to visit in just 3 days. We picked Grotto Falls and Lynn Camp Prong Cascades to hike to.

Lynn Camp Prong Cascades is just a short hike but to get a good shot, you need to climb some rocks and dangle over the river.

Lynn Prong Camp Cascades in the Smokies

You reach Grotto Falls after a steep 2km hike; you need to climb 585 feet. If you’re untrained like me, it is quite the climb. But it is well worthwhile. A person can actually pass behind the Grotto Falls. And you can setup for a pretty cool photo behind the falls.

Grotto Falls at Great Smoky Mountain NP

Grotto Falls at Great Smoky Mountain NP

But, you know, there is cool little falls all over the park. Often they are just off the paved road. We came across this very photogenic fall driving along the Little River on our way to Cades Cove. To be honest, I may just like this little unnamed fall the best.

Waterfall at Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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