The city of Gatlinburg, TN boasts an unparalleled location at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over 10 million annual visitors, the Smokies are the most visited national park in the United States! People come from all over the world to enjoy the majestic beauty of the park’s mountain landscapes, wooded hiking paths and rushing rivers.
When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites in downtown Gatlinburg, you will be just 200 yards from the entrance to the national park. To help you prepare for your next getaway, we have put together a list of three advantages of vacationing at our hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
1. Endless Entertainment for Free
Unlike many other national parks in the U.S., the Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not charge an entrance fee! When the state of Tennessee transferred their land to the federal government to create the national park in 1934, the deed contained a clause guaranteeing that “no toll or license fee shall ever be imposed” to enter the Smokies. Thanks to this act by the Tennessee legislature, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has remained accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.
With all of the fun in the Great Smoky Mountains available for free, guests at Black Bear Inn & Suites will never be bored! Whenever you want a break from visiting the attractions on The Strip, you can simply drive over to the national park and enjoy the breathtaking scenery all around you.
Another advantage of staying at our hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is proximity to the area’s very best hikes. With over 800 miles of trails, you are guaranteed to find a hike that suits your interests and ability. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant stroll that is less than a mile long, or a challenging 11 mile trek, the Smokies have got you covered! According to the National Park Service, these are the five most popular hikes in the national park:
- Appalachian Trail
- Abrams Falls Trail
- Laurel Falls Trail
- Alum Cave Trail
- Trillium Gap Trail/Grotto Falls
3. Scenic Drives in the National Park
If hiking isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park right from the comfort of your car! The national park is home to a number of roads that offer stunning views of the area’s picturesque landscapes. Here are a few of the best scenic drives in the Smokies:
- Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
- Newfound Gap Road
- Cades Cove Loop Road
- Upper Tremont Road
- Clingmans Dome Road
When you stay at our hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you will be minutes away from all of the beautiful hikes, drives, and popular destinations in the Smokies. With balconies overlooking the mountains, an enclosed heated pool, complimentary hot breakfast, and an on-site gym, Black Bear Inn & Suites has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. To start planning your next escape in the Smokies, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!