Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a very splendid national park to visit. The park has elevations that range from 850 feet to 6,643 feet. The Great Smokies are among the oldest mountain ranges in the US.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a very popular tourist attraction. Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park of any of the other 59 national parks. In the year 2013, there were more than 9.4 million recreational visits and in 2014, there were nearly 70 million. One of the reasons titanic amounts of people visit the Great Smokies is so they can visit Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a valley that is surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains. The 11-mile loop is used for bicycling and is a peaceful driving tour. A second reason is its tallest mountain, Clingmans Dome. Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in the Great Smokies rising at an elevation of 6,643 feet; it is the highest point in Tennessee and the third highest east of the Mississippi River. Finally, yet importantly, another reason to visit is the view of the fall foliage. The tree leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains change color in autumn and peak between mid-October and early November, and approximately 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies. At the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can do all sorts of things like bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, ranger-led programs, waterfalls, wildlife viewing and, many more. For example, hiking is a great thing to do when visiting the Smokies because there are 850 miles with over 400,000 hikers annually and approximately 70 miles of Appalachian Trail that runs through the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has varieties of animals. Some of them are white-tailed deer, elk, bull elk, black bear, raccoon, turkeys, woodchucks, coyotes, eastern box turtle, crayfish, spotted salamander, barred owl, gray squirrel, and other animals. That is why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a very wonderful park to visit at least once in your lifetime.

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Did you also know that …? Clingmans Dome rises to an elevation of 6,643 feet and is the tallest mountain in Tennessee. Only two other mountains east of the Mississippi River rise higher than Clingmans Dome, which are Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), and are both located in Mt. Mitchell state park in western North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is divided almost evenly between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. In the Great Smokies, there are 522,427 acres that is also 816.3 mi2. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its diverse plant and animal life, ancient mountains, and quality of remnant of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. The Great Smoky Mountains is connected to the Appalachian mountain range. The national park is located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very interesting as described above.

History

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has some history behind it. It is 75 years old. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established it on September 2, 1940. The Great Smoky Mountains is called the Great Smoky Mountains because it is covered by a smoky mist or haze. The peaks of the mountains has a mist or haze, and that is why it’s called Great SMOKY Mountains National Park. The park is historical.

That is why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a splendid national park to visit. The Great Smokies have so many mountains that have elevations that are super high! Maybe this article has inspired you to visit it sometime.

Mythical Mist

Did you ever hear the story of the Mythical Mist? Well you’re in luck. Back in the early days of the earth there were mountains east of what is now the Mississippi River. On top of those mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, lived some mist and it was called Mythical Mist. He was not that large, he was just a little bit of mist that lived on the peaks of mountains. Mythical Mist loved living on top of the Great Smoky Mountains but, sometimes he got a little lonely. So one day he called some of his friends up to live with him. Those friends called up their friends and those friends called up theirs so now the Great Smoky Mountains has a bunch of mist on the top of the mountains. That is why the name Great Smoky Mountains has the word “smoky” in it because people think it looks like smoke.

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