The Great Smoky Mountains are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains and are extremely popular with tourists from all over the country. Although many come to the Great Smoky Mountains to hike and bike, others come to go shopping and stay at a cozy Dandridge Inn in this quiet Tennessee town. There are plenty of things to see and do in this region, making it an obvious choice for mountain vacationers. Below are 3 Great Smoky Mountains Activities, found near the town of Dandridge.
Coordinates: 35°27′8″N 83°48′17″W
U.S. 129 South
Graham County, North Carolina
The Fontana Dam is one of the most well known tourist destinations for travelers heading to the Great Smoky Mountains. The dam is known as the tallest in the eastern United States, and boasts numerous view points and tours that are offered throughout the day. The dam is 480 feet tall and offers up its very own visitors center as well as fishing and boating opportunities. If you're looking for a quiet day at the dam, grabbing a bite to eat at the visitors center is always a good idea. The fishing at the Fontana Dam is some of the best in the region. There is also a park that boasts several historic areas.
Bryson City, North Carolina
Follow signs three miles to Deep Creek
Deep Creek is the ideal place for people looking to engage in outdoor activities. Biking, hiking, camping and fishing are all activities that visitors can engage in in Deep Creek. It has several picnic areas that are perfect for travelers who had the foresight to bring their own food. Many of the hikes and trails in Deep Creek go right by the large waterfalls. Indian Creek Falls as well as 2 other waterfalls are found here. Deep Creek is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's not that easy to find the creek. You might be able to get directions from an employee at your Dandridge Bed and Breakfast.
35°33′46″N 83°29′55″Wï»¿ / ï»¿35.56278°N 83.49861°W
Sevier County, Tennessee
Cilngmans Dome is known as the highest point in Tennessee and in the Great Smoky Mountains. Although there are many hiking opportunities in and around Clingmans Dome, most people come here to check out the wonderful observation deck. The deck has unique, panoramic views of all of the Great Smoky Mountains. On clear days you can see the entire park, although there are many times when it's too foggy to see the whole region. It is best to first go online and get the weather report before heading out to Clingmans Dome. December through March are difficult times to visit this region, and many people come during nicer months of the year. After a long day of hiking and bird watching, settling into a Dandridge Inn is always a good idea.