Great Smoky Mountains National Park connects in the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape of the park covers luxurious forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom all year round. Rivers, streams, and waterfalls appear along many hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. The Clingmans Dome, the highest peak and location of an observation tower, offers scenic views of the mist-covered mountains.
Sugarlands Visitor Center offers opportunity to pick up a park map, newspaper, have your questions answered by a ranger, and to purchase books and guides to the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park reserves a rich cultural
line of Southern Appalachian history. These mountains have had a long human
history that spans over thousands of years. This span ranges from the
prehistoric Paleo Indians to early European settlement in the 1800s.
Additionally, to loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in the 20th
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, established in 1934, is
comprised of ridge upon ridge of forest on the border between North Carolina
and Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is referred to as the “Smokies”
due to the chronic morning fog. The
mountain range is world renowned for the beauty of its ancient mountains, the
diversity of its plant and animal life, and its history of southern Appalachian
mountain culture. The park contains nearly eighty historic buildings, remarkable
displays of wildflowers, and abundant wildlife.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers various
recreational activities to enjoy. Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor center’s mirror
each other across the state line of Tennessee and North Carolina, separated by
many miles of deciduous forest. There are various sights to visit within the
park, including beautiful waterfalls like Grotto, Rainbow, Laurel, Abrams, and
Mingo that bring over 200,000 visitors per year. Various recreational activities
to enjoy include camping, hiking, scenic routes, bicycling, fishing, wildlife
viewing, and horseback riding.