The Great Smoky Mountains are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province
The park is home to diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and cultural heritage. The highest point is Clingmans Dome, the tallest mountain in Tennessee
The park was established in 1934, and is the most visited national park in the United States.
The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance.
The park contains 78 historic structures that were once part of the small Appalachian communities scattered throughout the river valleys and coves.
The park has over 800 miles of trails, and a large section of the Appalachian Trail in the park. You can hike to scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and historic sites.
It has the largest remnant of the ancient Arcto-Tertiary geoflora era left in the world, and the largest old growth forest east of the Mississippi River.
The park is home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.
The park is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 240 species of birds recorded. You can spot raptors, songbirds, woodpeckers, owls, and more.
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