Travel: Newport, Tenn.

They say the best times to experience the majesty of the Smoky Mountains are spring and fall. But summer is good too. And come to think of it, winter isn't all bad. A great little town for all these seasons is Newport, Tenn., snuggled up against the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and attracting retirees and vacationers for the same reason: there is much to see here and even more to do.

Located in 434-sq.-mi. Cocke County, Newport is a short drive from two national forests with recreation areas for camping and picnicking. Throughout the county, which has a population...

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