Great Smoky Mountains
Straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, Great
Smoky Mountains National Park includes over 800 square miles of
spectacular views from perches atop the southern Appalachian Mountains. No other national park in the United States receives more visitors
than Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors come to soak in
the unbridled beauty of the ancient mountains, the diversity of plant
and animal life, and the vestiges of southern Appalachian culture. The
park remains open 24 hours per day, 365 days every year to accommodate the throng of visitors who either camp inside the park or enjoy
comfortable lodging in nearby towns, such as Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Because of its temperate climate, over 17,000 plant, animal, and
invertebrate species call the national park home. Sixteen mountains
exceed 6,000 feet in a rolling range of challenges that test the most
accomplished hikers. The world-renowned Appalachian Trail cuts
through the heart of the park and connects to shorter walking trails
that many park visitors use to reach their remote destinations.