Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ridge upon ridge of endless forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee
in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal
life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian
mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.
Things to Do
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails
ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping.
But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking,
wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities.
Most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to see a bear. Some 1,600 bears live in the park.
From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms,
the Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world's temperate zone.
The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.
The park usually experiences an autumn leaf season of several weeks as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from high elevation to low.
However, the timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of "peak" season are impossible to predict in advance
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rocky Mountains
and the most visited national park in the United States.
Although it spans across two states, the majority of the park
lies within North Carolina: 276,000 acres of forest and trails welcome hikers, bikers and equestrians. Rivers,
streams and lakes offer some of the best canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting in the country.
Part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Newfound Gap offers breathtaking beauty whether on a scenic drive or enjoying a quiet hike
The sun sets over the North Carolina mountains