5 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hartford Itinerary

5 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hartford Itinerary

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5 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hartford Itinerary

Start: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Hartford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
On the 17th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataloochee Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

August in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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Hartford

Hartford ©
River Rat Whitewater has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Mon), stroll around Cosby Picnic Area, contemplate the waterfront views at 5 Rivers Adventures, and then relax and float downstream with River Rat Whitewater. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Somesvara Temple, then take a memorable drive along Balsam Mountain Road, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hen Wallow Water Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hartford travel planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Hartford. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in August, you will find days in Hartford are slightly colder (82°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hartford

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon River, Sri Somesvara Temple
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River Rat Whitewater ©
River Rat Whitewater
5 Rivers Adventures ©
5 Rivers Adventures
Pigeon River ©
Pigeon River