When you rent a cabin from stayNantahala, you're staying a short distance from one of the most popular national parks in the country. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about an hour from Nantahala Lake. In 2020, it drew in the most visitors among all national parks and third most among all national recreation areas. Great Smoky Mountains hosted 12.1 million visitors in 2020, almost four times as many as the second place national park. So what makes Great Smoky Mountains National Park such a popular attraction? Our guide will help you plan a visit to the national park, further connecting you with the beauty of western North Carolina when you visit Nantahala Lake.