Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
When I was 5 years old, my family moved from Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico to the mountains of east Tennessee. I was so excited to see mountains. If you have driven through Alabama, you know land around the Gulf is very flat. I was used to beaches and water not mountains and forests. That first visit to the Smokies is burned into my memory. My brother and I hung our heads out of the car windows with our mouths open. We wanted to “taste” clouds as we drove in the mist up to the top of mountains. I returned to the park many times throughout my childhood and into my young adult years. I love living in Florida now, but my heart beats faster every time I drive the interstate up to Tennessee and see the mountains. Today let’s visit the most visited national park in the United States, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
These mountains are old and covered in trees. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round.
Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. Mingo Falls is a beauty!
Chimney Top Trail is a fun hike.
An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains.
Hike the 150 trails.
Enjoy the views.
See the remnants of old Appalachian southern mountain living at Cades Cove.
See the ghost town at Elkmont.
When you’re looking for a great family vacation area, visit the mountains of East Tennessee.
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