Although you have national parks in all areas of the United States, and all of them are well worth a visit, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited. This is not only due to the fact that it is easily accessible, it’s beauty continues to pull people back on a regular basis. If you are in Tennessee, regardless of whether you live in the state or if you’re there on vacation, it would certainly be well worth your time to take a visit.

Although there are many ways to see the national forest, including driving or from a canoe, one of the options you may want to consider is going on a hike. The Appalachian trail cuts through the Great Smoky Mountains National Forest, offering many opportunities for a day hike or for taking off for a few days to see the country.

If you do plan on visiting this part of Tennessee to hike, it is important for you to pay close attention to what is going on around you. This is only true as far as wild animals are concerned, any time you are in the backcountry, unexpected events can take place. A storm or other natural event could easily wash out a bridge, knock over trees or swell streams beyond their normal levels. Trail erosion also takes place between December and May, so these are things to keep in mind when planning your trip.

You might be surprised that it is possible to go for a hike in Tennessee anytime of the year. In the Smoky Mountains, each time of the year will come with its own reward. During the springtime, you can see a wide variety of flowering trees and wildflowers and in summer, you can spend some time under the trees by a cool mountain stream. In the autumn, you have the crisp air that makes it enjoyable to hike, along with the beauty of the changing fall colors. Even the winter time offers an opportunity to hike in Tennessee, and the vistas will be open in ways that you won’t see during the time when the leaves are on the trees.

As you can tell, the Smoky Mountains offer much to those who want to make a visit and go hiking. Tennessee is a fantastic state to take a vacation but if you live there, consider a hiking staycation and enjoy what your home state has to offer.