The Great Smoky Mountains | Margaritaville Island Hotel


Sunset in the mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains have some of the most breathtaking views of nature in the world.

A getaway to these peaceful and awe-inspiring mountains will provide you with a chance to chill and disconnect from your day to day routine. When you return home, you will feel like you’ve actually had a vacation.

This area is great for exploring the wonders of nature with family and friends. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, river tubing and whitewater rafting are just a few of the many outdoor activities available in the mountains.

The Margaritaville Island Hotel, located only 10 miles from the Sugarland Visitor Center inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the ideal home base for your mountain escape.

 

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Once in the park there are many activities for you to enjoy, whether you enjoy the challenge of hiking to the peak of a summit or prefer to chill by a mountain stream and watch the sun set.

Road in the forest

Auto Touring
A driving tour of the park offers a chance to see beautiful vistas, cascading mountain rivers, preserved historic buildings, and the flora and fauna of the Smokies.

Two cyclists ride along a forest road

Bicycling
Pedal through Cades Cove for a memorable way to experience the park. For optimal cycling, check the park’s listing for time periods when the park is closed to motorized vehicles.

black bear on a branch

Fauna
Hoping to see an elk, wild turkey, deer, or black bear? The best sightings are usually at dawn. Check with the Sugarlands Visitor Center to find out optimal viewing times and places and be sure to keep a safe and secure distance from all wildlife.

purple цildflowers in the meadow near the mountains

Flora
You can find blooming plants year-round in the Smokies, but spring and summer are the best time for the beautiful displays of wildflowers, especially the spectacular rhododendrons, alongside the road and hiking trails.

river flowing through the forest

Fishing
There are over 700 miles of fishable streams in the park. A valid Tennessee or North Carolina Fishing License is required for those 13 years old and up. You will need to purchase your fishing licenses before entering the park as they are not sold inside the park.

narrow path in the forest

Hiking
The hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains is some of the best hiking in the world. The park has over 800 miles of trails ranging from beginners to advanced, from quiet walks in the woods to multi-day backpacking trips.

Historic log house on the edge of the forest

Historic Buildings
The park has about 80 historic log cabins and structures - homes, barns, churches, schools, and grist mills - that have been preserved. Cades Cove is a great driving tour to see many of these protected historic buildings including the Becky Cable Grist Mill.

four horses near a low fence

Horseback Riding
The national park has four rental stables with mounts and guides and hundreds of miles of horse trails.

table and bench in the forest

Picnicking
Pedal through Cades Cove for a memorable way to experience the park. For optimal cycling, check the park’s listing for time periods when the park is closed to motorized vehicles.

small waterfall

Waterfalls
There are many spectacular rapids and breathtaking waterfalls in the park. Check with the concierge or the Sugarlands Visitor Center to find out which options suit you best.