9 Stunning Photos of the Great Smoky Mountains


Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains that straddle the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. 

Cades Cove is a valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the park.  

Sunrise Over Cades Cove 


The Great Smoky Mountains are home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern US.  

Black bear up a tree 


The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. 

Misty Mountain Sunrise 


The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the few places in the world where you can witness the rare and fascinating display of synchronous fireflies.  

Synchronous Fireflies 


The Great Smoky Mountains are home to a variety of mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish. 

Elk bugling in the Park 


Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at 6,643 feet above sea level. 

Snow-covered Clingmans Dome 


The Great Smoky Mountains are a botanist’s paradise, with over 1,500 flowering plant species, more than any other national park in North America. 

Wildflowers in the spring 


The Great Smoky Mountains have over 2,000 miles of streams and rivers, and more than 100 waterfalls.  

Rainbow Falls 


The Great Smoky Mountains offer a variety of lodging options, from campgrounds and hotels to cabins and chalets. 

The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals 


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