The Smoky Mountains are an amazing place to visit in the summer ... photo by CC user Mountain Vacation Resorts on wikimedia

The Smoky Mountains, sometimes referred to as the Great Smoky Mountains, or simply the Great Smokies, is a mountain range located on the border of Northern Carolina and Tennessee, and features the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; a hub of excitement and adventure for anyone who likes to head outdoors while they are on vacation.

Heading into the mountains

The Smoky Mountains are truly a sight to behold; stretching on for as far as the eye can see, and covered in lush, ancient forests, the mountains are a truly breathtaking vision, regardless of whether you are a fan of the great outdoors or not. Peppered with streams, woodland rivers, rugged cliff faces, all manner of flora and fauna, and even waterfalls, this stunning mountain range is a fantastic place to explore, as well as to admire from afar. The range is home to American black bears, white deer, chipmunks, squirrels, and over 60 other species of mammals, as well as over 200 species of birds, 67 or more native varieties of fish, and other hikers, of course.

While the Smoky Mountains can be enjoyed from afar, their true potential can only be discovered by getting up close with nature. How would you feel about spending your next vacation hiking; exploring cave trails; discovering grottos; dipping your toes into numerous ponds, streams, and rivers; picnicking; or fishing? You can also spend your time horseback riding, bicycling, photographing ancient buildings and natural phenomenon, or simply taking it all in. Adrenaline junkies, and those who simply wish to feel at one with nature, will fall in love with the ever-inspiring landscape of the Smoky Mountains.

Exploring the Smoky Mountains from the comfort of your own home

If you would like to explore the Smoky Mountains before you head off on your travels, the internet provides numerous opportunities for you to do so. What better way to be inspired for your next adventure? The Outdoor-Traveler’s YouTube channel, for example, has some fantastic videos of the Smoky Mountains, allowing you to experience a few of the sights and breathtaking landscapes before you set foot amongst the hills. Outdoor Traveler also offer a range of accommodation options in the Smoky Mountains, and can help you plan the perfect adventure trip to the area.

While the ruggedness, adventure, and pure beauty of the Smoky Mountains may not necessarily satisfy everyone, they do provide a stunning backdrop for those who like to grab nature by its horns, explore every inch of landscape, and take part in every adrenaline-fueled activity available. Whatever the season, or weather, the surrounding national parks are likely to keep the whole family enthralled and entertained, and you may find they draw you back year after year… We will see you there!