9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Mammoth Cave National Park Itinerary

9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Mammoth Cave National Park Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Escape the urban bustle at Clingmans Dome and Charlies Bunion. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spruce Flats Falls and Porters Creek Trail. The adventure continues: stroll around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Meigs Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and explore the activities along Townsend Wye.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Cary to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. October in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Charlies Bunion ©
Charlies Bunion
Spruce Flats Falls ©
Spruce Flats Falls

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave and Mammoth Cave Campground. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cedar Sink Trail and Sand Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Cave National Park: Mammoth Cave (Nolin Lake State Park & Double J stables & Campgrounds). There's still lots to do: trek along Tall Man's Misery and explore the activities along Green River.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Mammoth Cave National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Nolin Lake State Park ©
Nolin Lake State Park
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail
Tall Man's Misery ©
Tall Man's Misery

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