Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park in the southeastern United States, with parts in Tennessee and North Carolina. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The park contains some of the highest mountains in eastern North America, including Clingmans Dome, Mount Guyot, and Mount Le Conte. The border between the two states runs northeast to southwest through the center of the park. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Georgia to Maine. With 14.1 million visitors in 2021, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States.

The park encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq mi; 211,415.47 ha; 2,114.15 km2), making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) in the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina, and also in Townsend, Tennessee. The park is internationally recognized for its mountains, waterfalls, biodiversity, and forests. In addition, the park also preserves multiple historical structures that were part of communities occupied by early European-American settlers of the area.
The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934, and officially dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. The Great Smoky Mountains was the first national park having land and other costs paid in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds. The park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1988.
As the most visited national park in the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park anchors a large tourism industry based in Sevier County, Tennessee adjacent to the park. Major attractions include Dollywood, the second-most visited tourist attraction in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Tourism to the park contributes an estimated $2.5 billion annually into the local economy.
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  • this national park doesn't have admission fee which is good, but you need to pay for the park map and the ranger books. One of the most popular trail is the Alum Cave Bluffs trail, on that trail, I... 
    this national park doesn't have admission fee which is good, but you need to pay for the park map and the ranger books. One of the most popular trail is the Alum Cave Bluffs trail, on that trail, I...  more »
  • The ride up alone was breathtaking, when we stopped at Newfound Gap the views were amazing. Temperature range was ~15degrees depending on when you looked. Did not walk to Clingmans dome views from... 
    The ride up alone was breathtaking, when we stopped at Newfound Gap the views were amazing. Temperature range was ~15degrees depending on when you looked. Did not walk to Clingmans dome views from...  more »
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  • The Smoky Mountain State Park is the best area. With many tourist attractions within. Many places to stop along the side of the winding roads to view the rivers or go for a nature walk. In October November, is the best time to see the color changing of the leaves throughout the mountains. Many places to stop and view mountain Mitchell in North Carolina and the black mountains is a favorite spot. Or as you rise in altitude the air gets much cooler
  • I have lived near these mountains most of my life since childhood. We have taken family vacations and day trips to many parts of the park for many years. The beauty grows greater rather than diminishes over the years. There are many trails, with options for every ability level, long and short, with all sorts of different features. The variety of wildlife and natural vegetation is tremendous, and out isn't unusual to see a bear during your visit. Come to the Great Smoky Mountains, you won't regret it!

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