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
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights

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nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Clingmans Dome and The Sinks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elkmont Ghost Town and Spruce Flats Falls. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Townsend Wye, trek along Porters Creek Trail, and stroll through Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel route planner.

Cary to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Charlies Bunion ©
Charlies Bunion
The Sinks ©
The Sinks

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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 Double J stables & Campgrounds. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cedar Sink Trail and Green River. Take a break from Mammoth Cave National Park with a short trip to Nolin Lake State Park in Mammoth Cave, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground and trek along Tall Man's Misery.

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Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. 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

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave Campground
Highlights from your plan
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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