Just about anything imaginable awaits visitors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Biking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, water sports, and just for kids programs are only the basic categories of interest.
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How much does the park cost? When does the park open? When can we see wildflowers? When do the leaves change color? Where are there souvenirs? Can we meet a park ranger? What is the temperature range? Are there any road closings? When planning a trip to the Smokies, many common questions cross visitors’ minds.
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Known for its biological diversity, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 10,000 documented species with estimates as high as 90,000 for how many undiscovered animals may still exist. This temperate rainforest houses common southern species in its lowland areas and, at higher elevations, northern varieties of both flora and fauna thrive. In recognition of the park’s unique natural resources, the United Nations has designated the Smoky Mountains an International Biosphere Reserve. For Further Information on wildlife in the Smokies.
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Take a step back in time and visit some historic sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that have historial significance or are a piece of the patchwork that make up our history.
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was founded June 15, 1934. Even after its creation, many people continued to live in these mountains. Though none currently inhabit their old homesteads, many cabins, mills, churches, cemeteries and other signs of early life are still visible throughout the Smoky Mountains.
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Favorite Smoky Mountain Destinations
Visit Cades Cove, Newfound Gap, Elkmont and more!
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