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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is l... Read More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is l... Read More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is l... Read More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is l... Read More

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Tennessee and North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is situated in-between Tennessee and North Carolina with over 800 square miles of the ridge upon ridge of beautiful, pristine forest and one of the richest histories of any national park. Known for its scenic drives and vistas, the abundance of wildlife and remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the country. Read more...

Amongst the abundance of rivers and lush forest, visitors can see and explore historic structures, landscapes, and artifacts that tell the fascinating story of those who once called these ancient mountains home. There are over 90 historic structures including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools, and mills that have been preserved or rehabilitated. These fascinating structures provide important information about peoples of the past and how communities existed within the area. Auto tours of the park on one of the many park roads provide panoramic views, bubbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings, and mature, lush forests stretching to the horizon.

Whether you are driving one of the park's many scenic roadways or hiking one of the countless trails, the views are both breathtaking and endless. Prominent points of interest in the park include Cades Cove, a broad, flourishing valley filled with an abundance of wildlife and rich history, Newfound Gap Road a scenic mountain pass road through Indian Gap and Clingman's Dome, the highest point of elevation in the park at 6,643 feet featuring amazing mountain and forest views from the observation tower expanding over 100 miles on a clear day. Activities within the park include hiking, biking, fishing, auto touring, horseback riding, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and ranger-led programs. Aside from beautiful forest views, things to see within the park include burial landscapes, historic structures, waterfalls, fall colors, and wildflowers.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best parks for wildlife viewing and houses one of the densest populations of black bears in the country with roughly 1,500 bears living wild in the park. Open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee offer some of the best opportunities for wildlife sightings of white-tailed deer, elk, black bears, raccoon, turkey, woodchucks, and more. Visitors are urged to drive with caution along park roads, maintain a safe distance, maintain clean campsites, and always remember to look up. You never know who you might find up in the trees.