Great Smoky Mountains Travel Guide

If lush red and yellow forests and mist-covered mountains peak your interest, then an outdoor adventure to Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains is calling your name! Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains is located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a mountain town and the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. with the park’s highest peak known for its panoramic views.

Things to See around the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are filled with attractions, stunning nature views, and glamping with Under Canvas!

Mountain Farm Museum
Visit this re-created 19th-century farm located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition to the old buildings, built from logs collected from other locations in the park and placed here, you can tour a working farm that’s populated with people in period costumes, along with real crops and livestock.

Appalachian Waterfall

Take a short stroll to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the South East! The Appalachian Waterfall trail is a short hike to spanning views. Guided tours are offered for groups needing a little extra guidance!

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Kick off your shoes, sit back, relax, and explore the Smokies by train. Choose from dozens of excursions departing from Bryson City. Follow up your train ride with a visit to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum.

Things to do around the Great Smoky Mountains

With over 800 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, the area is a hikers paradise! Take your pick of an easy stroll, or scramble your way up Mt. Leconte. There are countless options for every age and activity level.

Mt. Leconte
Hike Mt. Leconte in this 11 mile round-trip trek. Take the Alum Cave route for views that you will never forget! Make sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes and pack enough food and water for your group. This route typically takes 7-9 hours to complete.

Charles Bunion
Enjoy yourself on this 8 mile round-trip hike. Enjoy panoramic views of the rocky cliffs. Visit in the fall and you will find magnificent views of the changing fall colors!

Chimney Tops Trail
Take a short 3.3 mile hike on one of the Great Smoky Mountains most popular trails! Hiking this trail will lead you on one of the few mountains that has a bare rock summit, with an elevation gain of 1,487 feet. This trail is popular given the right month, so plan accordingly and try to beat the crowd.

Where to Eat & Drink around the Great Smoky Mountains

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains- Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains is your go-to spot for breakfast and dinner. Under Canvas offers on-site dining with seasonal and locally sourced breakfast and dinner offerings. You can also grab a grab-and-go lunch before you head out for the day and enjoy while out on the trails!

Bistro at the Bijou

Bistro at the Bijou is located in Knoxville, Tennessee but is totally worth the drive! It is in one of the city’s most historic buildings located next to the city’s old Bijou theater. The bistro offers fresh, farm-to-table fare and is best known for their fried okra Caesar salad.


Junction35 is a local distillery with American fare located in Pigeon Forge, TN. The restaurant is not on the main parkway so it tends to be a little less busy and the food is excellent.

Smokies Cuban Cafe

Also located in Pigeon Forge, TN, this local restaurant offers a quaint setting and authentic Cuban menu items.

Honey Bee Coffee

Get your morning buzz at Honey Bee Coffee in downtown Sevierville, TN, home to Dolly Parton. If you’re looking for a place to kick back and relax with a book in hand, look no further than this quaint coffee shop outside of Pigeon Forge.

Your Great Smoky Mountains Glamping Vacation

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains is located just 10 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is set upon 182-acres of lush, wooded terrain, near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers safari-inspired glamping accommodations complete with nutritious dining options, premium espresso beverages, nightly campfires with s’mores, and camp programming to make your outdoor adventures even more unforgettable. Our Guest Experience Coordinators are always available to help you plan the best things to do during your Great Smoky Mountains stay.

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