Great Places in the Smoky Mountains to Propose

Gatlinburg Bypass Overlook
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With the National Park Service celebrating 100 years and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park celebrating 82 years... why not talk about this great place to propose and explore the great outdoors.

Two-thirds of the American population live within a day's drive and there is not an entrance fee to the Smoky Mountians. With natural beauty and four seasons, approximately 816 miles of hiking trails and ten campsites, it is no wonder the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited in the nation.  With such a great park, it is the perfect backdrop for a proposal to the one you love.

If you choose to have a photographer to take photos, the park requires a license. Make sure the photographer you choose is allowed to photograph in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are some favorite locations to help you choose the perfect place to propose:

Cades Cove offers an eleven mile loop that has an amazing view of the mountains no matter what time of the year. Cades Cove has a five mile hike to Abram's Falls, horseback riding, bike rentals, a visitor's center with pioneer exhibits, abundant wildlife and campgrounds, basically a mini experience that you could get from the whole park. Cades Cove offers many romantic options and beautiful locations.

Greenbriar is a valley in Tennessee that sits on the north side of the Smokies. Greenbriar was once an Appalation Community and is still full of heritage. It is also situated along the "middle fork" of the Little Pigeon River with many beautiful locations for proposals and photographs.

Cataract Falls one of the easier hikes in the Smoky Mountains. It is only a half mile hike behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. This trail is highly recommeded for beginner hikers and those who need an easier trail. The trail is mostly flat with a short foot bridge and that crosses a small stream. The waterfall may be small but still a beautiful backdrop.

Gatlinburg Bypass Overlook is a little north of the Sugarlands Visitor Center that connects with Newfound Gap Road. The roadway hugs Mt. Harrison and the second overlook has amazing views of Gatlinburg and Mt LeConte. These amazing views will take her breath away, especially with fall foilage and snowy mountaintops.

Or how about above the smokies in a Scenic Helicopter or a Sky High Air Tour on a classic bi-plane? We would love to hear your Great Smoky Mountain National Park proposal story and help you create your wedding story. Call Smokey Mountain Sounds for your ceremony and reception entertainment today! 865-712-1854.

written by Ellen Crivellone of Smokey Mountain Sounds and the Administrative Assistant for the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association. Photos by Eric Gebhart of New Begginings Photography.


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