04/04/2013 01:19 pm ET Updated Jun 04, 2013

10 Reasons to Visit the Smoky Mountains Right Now (PHOTOS)

The Smoky Mountains are a worthy getaway any time of year, and one that is sure to be affordable. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the few national parks in the US that doesn't charge an entrance fee.

While it's fun and cheap to visit year-round, those who are picky and visit in April or May will be rewarded. After all, Shoulder Season is upon us, and it really doesn't get much better than this -- mild weather, empty hiking trails and scene stealing wildflowers are just a few great reasons to visit the Smokies.

10 Reasons to Visit the Smoky Mountains in April or May

By Laura Hoot

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