The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, is a sanctuary of natural beauty, rich history, and an abundance of wildlife – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park! It’s no wonder that it’s the most visited national park in the United States. The park offers a variety of activities and attractions like scenic drives and challenging hikes.

A Hiker’s Dream

Hitting the trails on a hike is one of the most popular activities in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you’re an avid hiker – or even a beginner – you’ll love exploring the 800 miles of trails that crisscross through the park! Trails range from easy walks through old-growth forests to strenuous treks to the tops of mountain peaks. The Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte, the Chimney Tops Trail, and the hike to Abrams Falls are among the most beloved by visitors, offering stunning views and the chance to surround yourself in the park’s natural beauty. The Appalachian Trail also passes through the park, providing a bucket-list experience for long-distance hikers.

Historic Sites and Cultural Heritage

The park is rich with stories of Appalachian culture and history. The preserved homesteads, churches, and grist mills of Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley offer a glimpse into the life of early settlers of the Smokies. The Mountain Farm Museum near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center showcases a collection of historic log buildings, providing insight into 19th-century farming life in the mountains.

Diverse Wildlife and Flora

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its biodiversity. It is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including black bears, elk, deer, and over 200 species of birds! The park’s plant life is equally diverse, with more than 1,500 species of flowering plants, ancient forests of tulip trees, and vibrant wildflowers in the spring and summer.

Scenic Drives and Overlooks

If you prefer to explore the park from the comfort of your vehicle, scenic drives like the Cades Cove Loop Road and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail offer breathtaking vistas and the opportunity to spot animals.

Visiting the Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although some secondary roads, campgrounds, and facilities close in winter. There is no entrance fee, making it an accessible destination for all. Check out the visitor center to pick up a map, learn about current conditions, and get recommendations from rangers.

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