2) North Carolina/Tennessee: Rocky Top
Good ol’ Rocky Top—the peak that launched a thousand country cover songs—sits way up in the Smoky Mountains along the border of Tennessee. To scope it for yourself, take the 13.9-mile roundtrip Lead Cove Trail to Bote Mountain.
(Forecast: Great Smoky Mountains)
Yes, this is the same Rocky Top of Tennessee fight-song fame, so once you’ve taken in a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains from atop this lovely Thunderhead Mountain sub-peak, prepare to have the twangy melody stuck in your head for life. Go in late May or June to enjoy the blooming laurel and rhododendron.
When to go: Early Summer