All you really need to do is drive through the park to enjoy yourself, unless you are prone to car sickness! The overlooks are absolutely beautiful. There are many other things to enjoy here too. Hike to a waterfall, go tubing down a creek, explore a pioneer village, but most of all enjoy the great outdoors!
We visited this park with our 2 year old daughter at the time. It was such a nice visit, the park was absolutely beautiful. You cannot imagine the beauty while on top of the mountains looking down, it's spectacular. They had trails we walked to get from place to place and the nature was beautiful. We had a great time and can't wait to get back!
Fontana Lake forms the southwestern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which covers a total of 520,000 acres and is bisected by the North Carolina–Tennessee state line. This is the most-visited national park in the United States, but don’t worry if you’re looking for space to stretch out. You’ll find plenty of room to fish, hike, and camp.
The mountains of the park are among the oldest in the world and rise more than 6,000 feet. Plant and animal life is varied, with more than 140 species of trees and 200 species of wildflowers identified in the park. In the spring, the park comes alive with color as azaleas and wildflowers begin to bloom. Among the animal life that you might spot in the park are deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and bear. You’ll also find 900 miles of horseback riding and hiking trails and 735 miles of fishing streams. Many area campgrounds have organized activities, including presentations by park rangers and by people from the Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Make sure you take a drive up The Road to Nowhere from Bryson City to the national park. It was meant to be a route from Bryson City to Fontana Village when construction was begun following World War II. Bits and pieces of the road were built until the 1960s to the east side of Fontana Lake. Now it’s one of the prettiest drives in the park.