Rockefeller Memorial, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Stop at Rockefeller Memorial while hiking the Appalachian Trail or driving on Newfound Gap Road, and stand on the same spot where Theodore Roosevelt stood when he dedicated the newly established national park to the people on Labor Day, 1940. Sitting on the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee, the two tiered stone-structure was erected in the memory of Laura Spelman Rockefeller, the wife of John D. Rockefeller whose generous donation helped purchase the land for the park. Amenities include restrooms and ample parking space. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rockefeller Memorial and many more Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip app.
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  • If you're driving Newfound Gap Road, then this is one stop you absolutely must make. It was busy but not crowded when we visited. The memorial itself seems to entice kids to climb it. This stop is...  more »
  • Enjoyed our stop immensely, got to walk a little of the Appalachian Trail, great views, and a lot of happy people stopped here. Plenty of parking, and photo ops.  more »

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