Things to Know Before You Drive Through the Smoky Mountains

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Road in the Smoky Mountains in the fallWhen you are planning on traveling through the Smoky Mountains or visiting one of the auto tours in the area, there are a few things you should know before you begin your driving adventure through the mountains.

First, remember, avoiding traffic in Gatlinburg can be difficult, but the little bit of traffic will be worth it when you are experiencing the beautiful Smoky Mountains! Driving to the mountains can be a little crowded, so don’t be in any rush; relax and enjoy the mountains and the atmosphere.

One thing visitors don’t know is that there are no gas stations or other related areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The national park is a wilderness area with some of the most beautiful sights in the United States, so there are no gas stations or rest areas. So, make sure you fill your gas tank before you head into the mountains. There is a gas station before you enter the national park, in Gatlinburg.

When you choose to visit one of the auto tours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is best to enjoy them earlier in the morning hours rather than mid-afternoon. Most of the heavy traffic arrives in the middle of the day, so it can take hours to complete any of the auto tours. Keep in mind that the Cades Cove Auto Tour is closed until 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from May through September, for foot traffic and bicyclists.

For safety, make sure to use the designated pull out areas and stay aware of posted speed limits throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To take some of the beautiful pictures, make sure you move your vehicle into the designated area to allow traffic to flow freely. If you are traveling on the auto tour in the evening hours, make sure you are watching for wildlife and following the posted speed limits. There are plenty of great spots to pull over and enjoy the view, but remember that you are in the wildlife’s habitat.

Visit My Smokies is the only site you will need to plan your vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains! With everything from lodging to attractions, you can find all of the information about things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!

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