The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the nation’s busiest parks. It draws more than nine million visitors yearly, twice the number of any national park.
Most of the millions of visitors see the park from a mountain skimming scenic highway, which on a typical weekend during the summer draws 60,000 people bumper to bumper.
384 miles of mountain road lace the park. You may pull off the road park and stroll one of the Great Smoky many quiet walkways. There are 800 miles of hiking trails from a half-mile to 70 miles long.
Some of the world’s best deciduous forest and a matchless variety of plants are found in the mountainous terrain, which covers 800 square miles.
The Smoky Mountain is among the oldest on Earth. Among the woodland and craggy peaks, over 1600 species of flowering plants can be found. Some are even indigenous to the area.
Facts On The Park
It was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
People who live in the Eastern third of the US can get to the park in a day.
The Great Smoky is home to over 100 species of native trees.