Cloaked in Beauty
America’s most popular national park has everything you could want in a national park. Superb roads that wind through densely forested mountain scenery. Roaring rivers. Waterfalls everywhere. Chances to spot wildlife. Historical sites that seem frozen in time. Vistas that stretch across ridge after ridge, each gently softened by the natural haze that accounts for the “smoky” in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All you need to do is turn on the app and drive. As you approach the park’s sights, Just Ahead tells you what exactly what you’re seeing.
Sample a few of the hundreds of stories that play automatically as you drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Newfound Gap Road • Blue Ridge Parkway (section inside national park) • Little River Road • Cades Cove • Laurel Falls • The Sinks • Meigs Falls • Abram Falls • Chimney Tops • The Loop (a 360-degree curve in a road that loops over itself!) • Mount LeConte • LeConte Lodge • Alum Cave Trail • Morton Overlook • Clingmans Dome • Oconaluftee River Valley • Mingus Mill • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Between sights, you’ll hear stories about Great Smoky Mountains wildlife, including the best places to see:
Black Bears • Elk • Trout (and the best trout streams!) • Synchronous Fireflies (they blink in unison!) • Wild Turkeys • White-Tailed Deer • Peregrine Falcons
The Smokies are blessed with abundant rainfall, making them one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. As you drive, we tell you all about the park’s many beauties, including:
Hemlocks • Sycamores • Tulip Trees • Rhododendrons • Azaleas • Wildflowers • Waterfalls
And unique geological formations, such as:
Fensters • Balds • Domes • Gaps • Bottoms
History is everywhere in the park, and we tell you about the area’s Cherokee natives and their Trail of Tears ordeal. You’ll hear pioneer history, and the fascinating story of Cades Cove, a place frozen in time. Throughout the park we show you homes, mills, schoolhouses, churches, and barns that look like they were abandoned yesterday.
We steer you to the best places for:
Hiking • Trout Fishing • Camping • Scenic Overlooks • Quiet Walks •
We not only guide you along all of the main park roads, but also the fabled Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic roads that connect sections of the park. We orient you as you approach, and steer you through the gateway towns:
Gatlinburg • Sevierville • Maggie Valley • Cherokee • Townsend • Lake Junaluska
You’ll experience the park in a way you never could on your own—and there’s no need to take your eyes off the scenery to thumb through maps and guidebooks.
It’s like having a friendly park ranger along for the ride!