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The Sinks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • The Sinks are one of the most unique and dangerous places in our Nat'l Park. I own a hiking guide and shuttle service owner, (Hike The Smokys. Com) so I'm in the Park often. As a local, I often watch ...  more »
  • Limited parking but if you can get in it is well worth it. You can also swim there if you want. Not for small kids though  more »
  • This area is referred to as 'The Sinks' because of it's beautiful pools and natural waterfalls. The parking area is very small so plan on going early to get a spot. It is a popular spot for picnicking...  more »
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  • Lovely waterfall along the road leading in to Cades Cove. Reasonably sized parking area. Several trail lead out from here.
  • Always a beautiful area to visit and enjoy the sounds of nature. It is sometimes very crowded in the warm weather months, so go early for parking.
  • Beautiful display of mother nature in the force of the water. Very dangerous if you get to close. Lots of parking. Trailheads visible and stairs. We did not hike. History of how area was man-made was interesting. Worth a stop and maybe a hike!
  • pretty scenery and deceptively dangerous. every year someone loses there life in these small pools of rushing water. it is often busy with tourists.
  • Great place to hang out for an afternoon! Short, scenic drive from Gatlinburg, and lots of friendly folks hanging out, taking pictures, swimming, and jumping off the rocks. We had so much fun in the water, we didn't even get to any of the trails we saw leaving the area...

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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