Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in the Appalachian Mountains in the North Carolina and Tennessee area. Although the park is the most visited national park in the United States with 9-10 million visitors a year, traffic is mostly limited to the larger streets. The 450 km of secondary roads and the 1,400 km of hiking trails in the park are not very frequented. The forest covering the park is one of the oldest forests in the world and is the habitat of a diverse flora and fauna. Access to the park is via the 750 km Blue Ridge Parkway that connects Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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On a sunny and clear day, you should climb the Clingman Dome, from where you can look down for miles on the green hills of the Appalachian Mountains. To see wild animals such as black bears, deer and turkeys, you should visit the open areas of Cades Cove and Cataloochee. The most idyllic places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with waterfalls and beautiful nature are in the Deep Creek and Roaring Fork regions.
Highlights Great Smoky Mountains
Wild animals such as black bears or white deer can be observed particularly well in this area.
- Clingmans Dome
The highest place in the park offers a spectacular view of the surrounding green mountains.
- Deep Creek
Past idyllic streams, waterfalls and in the middle of green paradise, you can ride here on one of the few bike paths in the park.
- Roaring Fork
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park. In addition to the magnificent nature with many waterfalls, historical buildings are also highlights of the trail.
- Mountain Farm Museum
Get an impression of what life was like a century ago in this open-air museum. Historic wooden buildings can be visited here as well as the water-powered Mingus Mill.
Information about Great Smoky Mountains
Area: 2,114 km²
Highest point: Clingmans Dome (2,018 m)
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nature park in the Great Smoky Mountains between Tennessee and North Carolina in the southern Appalachians, USA; approx. 2000 km2. The park was created in 1934 to preserve the species-rich deciduous forest that covers the entire area, including the highest point, Clingman’s Dome (2020 m). Until the 1830s, the area was home to the Cherokee Indians, whose few descendants now live off tourism in the adjacent Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation.