There are countless great trails in the area. For the more adventurous, the hike to the top of Mount Le Conte is iconic, and you can stay in the highest lodge in the eastern US on the peak. You’ll be seeing by kerosene lantern at dark, bathing in bucket and basin, and dining on family-style meals. Six trails lead to the top, ranging from the steep 5-mile Alum Cave Trail to the 9.1-mile Brushy Mountain Trail.
For the views: Hike the Appalachian trail for a bit on the 8-mile round trip trek of Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunyon, one of the park’s most stunning viewpoints. the 14.5-mile out-and-back Mount Cammerer Trail, which ends in a lookout tower with 360-degree views.
The less ruggedly-outdoorsy among us can check out Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the park and third highest east of the Missisippi River at 6,643, and features a paved path to an impressive view. Countless smaller, easy paths can be found throughout the park, too, featuring waterfalls (Laurel Falls and Grotto Falls among them).