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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty, and while some areas are well-known and heavily visited, there are also hidden gems that offer a more secluded and serene experience. Here are some scenic spots in the Smoky Mountains:
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Abrams Falls Trail: While the trail itself is popular, the waterfall at the end is less crowded than some of the other waterfalls in the park. It's a 5-mile round trip hike, so it tends to be a bit quieter than shorter, more accessible trails.
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Cades Cove Scenic Loop: While Cades Cove is popular, many visitors stick to the paved loop road. Some of the best views can be found by taking one of the many side trails. These can lead to quiet meadows, hidden waterfalls, and beautiful overlooks.
Rich Mountain Road: This is a one-way gravel road that runs between Cades Cove and Townsend, Tennessee. It's less frequented than the main roads, and offers beautiful forest views, especially in the fall.
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Porters Flat Trail: This trail is located near the Greenbrier entrance of the park and offers a peaceful walk along the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River. It's a great spot for wildflower enthusiasts in the spring.
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Grapeyard Ridge Trail: This trail is accessed via the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and it's a bit quieter than some of the more popular trails in the area. It leads to a peaceful cemetery and offers some nice forest scenery.
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White Oak Sinks: This is a unique geological feature in the park. It's a collapsed sinkhole with a diverse array of plant life. It's a bit off the beaten path and tends to be less crowded.
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Balsam Mountain Road: This is one of the higher elevation roads in the park and offers beautiful views. It's a gravel road and may not be accessible in all weather conditions.
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