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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 nights

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 Spruce Flats Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Charlies Bunion and Meigs Falls. The adventure continues: hike along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, walk around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, and cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

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 drive; or 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 · Trails

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
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 Tall Man's Misery. Take a break from Mammoth Cave National Park with a short trip to Nolin Lake State Park in Mammoth Cave, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground 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 drive. 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

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