Great Smoky Mountains
The National Park Service has preserved and maintained approximately 80 historical buildings throughout the park. Most of the early homes, grist mills, and barns are viewable and accessible by foot via Cades Cove and surrounding nature trails as well as via the Roaring Fork nature trail. You can find an inexpensive self-guided tour booklet at most of these historic sites; they're generally available next to the entrance of each location. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the Railroad Museum offer in-depth stories from the past for history buffs who want to learn even more about the area.