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Readers Respond: What Are Your Must-Sees at Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

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It's nearly impossible to see every acre of a national park and deciding what you just can't miss can be a daunting task. If you have been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, share your personal experience! Whether you have a favorite trail, landmark, camping site, or attraction, your recommendations will help future visitors build an exciting trip!

Cades Cove

We go to the Cove several times a year. The spring time is the best time to see the black bears. The week around Thankgiving is the best time to see the deer. We always try to get here as the gates are opened before it gets crowded, especially on the weekends. We have taken many pictures the deer, black bear, coyotes, wild turkeys, but you have to have patience and persistance to get freat shoots with a camera without disturbing or interfearing with the animals. We were in the cove yesterday early when the heavy frost was on the ground, great scenery shots as things were warming up. The deer are starting to move good right now as they seem to be starting the rutt. We saw several deer, does and bucks but none of the bigger bucks we usually see this time of year. We saw a couple of black bears last week, but we didn't see any yesterday. We always enjoy the peace and quiet, and we always try to go prepared to get out and walk off the beaten paths. Great pictures are taken there!!
—RayHorton

Top o' the World

any trip to the smokies has to include a drive over the foothills parkway (toward Chilhowee Lake) to the "top of the world" whether you visit during the day or @ night you will be SO glad you did. It is truly one of the most beautiful sights you will ever feast your eyes on. No words can adequately describe the breathtaking beauty you will behold. You will truly feel as if you are on the top of the world. It may be a few miles from the main attractions, but it is well worth the trip and you will never forget it. I recommend going both day and night you definitely won't regret it and you'll remember it for a lifetime. Oh yeah best of all it's free! All it will cost is the gas to get there and its SO worth it. In over 40 years I have yet to see a sight that even comes close to the beauty God gave us right here this close to home.
—Guest sonyatipton

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