The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. It’s full of history, beauty, and inspiring views. When you come to the Smokies, it should be on your list to visit. However, it’s not fun to sit in an hour’s worth of traffic just attempting to make it into the park. Luckily, when you stay at our Gatlinburg hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you’ll be so close that you could walk to it! Keep reading to find out more great perks of being so close to the park:
1. You Can Walk to the Gatlinburg Trail
The Gatlinburg Trail is a peaceful nature trail that’s perfect for a nice stroll through the park. From our hotel the trail will start at the end of Gatlinburg, and travels to the Sugarlands Visitors Center inside the national park. The trail is 1.9 miles one-way and is relatively flat. The trail follows a river, and even gives you the opportunity to cross it by bridge which is perfect to capture a few pictures.
You can learn more about the Gatlinburg Trail here!
2. It’s a Short Drive by Car
If you decide to enter the national park by car, you can reach the Sugarlands Visitors Center in just 5 minutes. Not only that, but you’ll pass the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance sign which is a great place for pictures. Or you can stop by the Sugarlands Horse Stables to see and ride the horses. You could also drive up to the Gatlinburg Bypass, also known as US 441, to see scenic overlooks of Gatlinburg in less than 10 minutes. This is one of the best perks of staying at our Gatlinburg hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you won’t have to battle traffic to make into the park!
Short drives to popular trailheads in the national park from our hotel:
- Laurel Falls Trailhead: 11 minutes
- Chimney Tops Trailhead: 15 minutes
- Cataract Falls: 5 minutes
- Alum Cave Trailhead: 15 minutes
3. The Trolley Goes into the National Park
You don’t have to walk 2 miles to make it the Sugarlands Visitors Center if you don’t want to; you won’t even have to take your car if you don’t want! The Gatlinburg trolley is a highly affordable method of transportation in the city that lets you see many of the popular sights in the area. The trolley system has several trolley’s that go into the national park and stops at the visitors center. Once there, you can explore the exhibits in the visitors center, learn about local Appalachian history, and walk along the nature trails.
You can learn about the Gatlinburg Trolley routes, here!
4. Great Amenities to Come Back to
The best perk of our Gatlinburg hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is how easily you’ll be able to come back to your hotel to relax. It will take you just a matter of minutes instead of fighting traffic and wasting gas. Once you are back, you can relax with your feet up and watch a movie. Or you can head to the indoor pool and hot tub to relax your tired muscles if you went for a hike in the national park. Lastly, you could walk to a close by restaurant to order some delicious food after working up an appetite!
Click here to see several delicious restaurants that are a short walking distance from our hotel!
Before your day of exploring starts, you can come downstairs to enjoy a hot breakfast, so that you’ll have the energy you need to take on the day. Besides the delicious breakfast and great location there are more reasons you’ll love our Gatlinburg hotel near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a look at the other amenities we offer and start planning your next vacation to the Smokies!