The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect family vacation from Atlanta. Complete with Dollywood, Smokies Water Park and Ripley’s Aquarium, there are plenty of big attractions to peek your childs attention. Afterwards, drive further towards the mountains for great outdoor adventures like hiking, canoeing and camping. 

Blogger Kecia Hambrick from Southern Girl Ramblings is taking a road trip from Atlanta to the Great Smoky Mountains and documenting every turn and adventure. Before she reports back on all her findings, check out our favorite Smoky Mountains highlights:

Family Getaway to Great Smoky Mountains

  • Wilderness of the Smokies Water Park Resort- Sevierville (TN can help secure)
  • Dinner at Applewood Farmhouse Barn
  • Hiking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Tube the Pigeon River
  • Stay at Buckberry Lodge


In addition, stop by Gatlinburg and pick up an attraction pass. This pass will give you free access to multiple attractions in Gatlinburg. 

  • Ariel Tram and Chair lift in Gatlinburg 
  • Suggestion: Breakfast at Pancake Pantry
  • Hiking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park