Ridge upon ridge of seemingly endless stretch of virgin forest sits on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Known in the world as Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this most-visited American park houses the beauty of the ancient mountains, diverse wildlife and southern Appalachian mountain culture. With a stunning scene of nature and a full line of outdoor activities to enjoy, Great Smoky Mountain National Park attracts a huge number of visitors all throughout the year.
Being a United States National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site validates the reason why Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the world’s treasures. The park comprises of almost 95% of unspoilt forests where 100 native trees and over a thousand of flowering plants found their sanctuary. It is also a home to over a hundred of bird species, almost 50 kinds of native fish, reptiles and amphibians. Its high elevation paves the way to a pleasant weather which is ideal when exploring and sight-seeing this most-popular park of America.
Embraced by nature’s stunning wonders, outdoor activities become even more fun in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Appalachian Trails is just one of its many hiking trails and the hike to the Clingmans Dome, the highest point of the park and the whole of Tennessee also adds to the adventure. From that highest peak, enjoy the scenery from the Morton Overlook, a point where the captivating view of the sunset can be seen. The streams that flow all throughout the park are gateway to many water-fun activities. And while the Chimney Tops is a popular hiking destination, the Mount LeConte provides numerous points to see the magnificent beauty that surrounds the Great Smoky Mountains.
After all the nature-tripping is done, visitors slow things down in Cades Cove, a valley surrounded by scenic mountain views and also a popular destination in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here is where one can witness exotic animals such as bears, raccoon, skunk, coyote and ground hog enjoy their natural playground. Because of its rich history as proofed by the ancient homesteads and buildings that still erect in the place, Cades Cove Historic District has become a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Whether it be for the cool mist of the waterfalls or the splashes of the streams, hiking on its trails or camping under its stars, being one with the wildlife or appreciating history, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has it all. With the park’s abundance of nature’s gifts, the adventure to this famous American park creates memories hard to forget.