To mark the US National Park Service turning 100 this week, Mary Caperton Morton picks the best places to stay, from hotels and cabins to campsites, in the country’s favourite parks
On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is the most visited park in the country, attracting more than 10 million visitors in 2015. Rough it for free in one of the 12 primitive Appalachian Trail backpacker shelters or relax in an Almost Heaven log cabin in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is the gateway to the park and has a range of dining options, or save money by cooking in the cabin, which has a kitchen, outdoor barbecue grill, outdoor pool, private jacuzzi and fireplace.
• One-bedroom cabins from $145 a night, almostheavenresort.com. For shelter reservations (most are free of charge), see hikinginthesmokys.com