The very famous Smoky Mountain National Park begins at Gatlinburg, TN. The Park stretches all the way east to Cherokee, NC. There are a lot of trails, waterfalls, and beautiful mountain peaks along the way as you drive on Route 441. You can drive it in two hours or take several days, as there is plenty of scenery for you to see and places to camp along the way. Over the years, we have visited this park many, many times. We took full advantage of living very close to Gatlinburg, and there were always new places to see. It is a famous area for seeing the fall colors, usually in the middle of October. The vibrant colors of different types of trees last just a couple of weeks. They make this drive an unforgettable experience. There are a lot of wild animals on the mountain too. It is common to see black bears. In 1976, we went on this drive to Cherokee to see the color change with Betty and Boris Franzus. We visited a log cabin on the NC side. The pictures below are some of the ones we consider very lucky to possess.