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Morton's Overlook - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member trailhound1
N 35° 36.783 W 083° 25.420
17S E 280477 N 3943736
Quick Description: A scenic overlook along U.S. Highway 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 3/16/2011 8:22:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMAZNE
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 9

Long Description:
Morton's Overlook provides great views of the West Prong Little Pigeon River valley and the drive up/down US 441, as well as Clingmans Dome, Mt. Leconte, and the Chimneys.

Morton's Overlook is named for Ben a Morton (1875-1952). Ben Morton was mayor of Knoxville in the mid-1920’s and became an important
advocate for creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He was particularly effective during 1925-1926 when seeking financial and political support from business leaders in Knoxville. As former mayor in 1927, he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission which Col. David Chapman chaired. In this role he was intimately involved in resolving many land acquisitions, including the 1931 negotiated land settlement with Champion in Washington. The 3.0 million settlement with Champion, which owned almost 100,000 acres in the heart of the Smokies, finally assured that Great Smoky Mountains National Park would become a reality.
Describe - Highway or Road number: US Highway 441

Closest town or city: Gatlinburg, TN

Number of parking spots available: 15

Winter View: yes

Summer View: yes

Year around access ?: yes

Comfort station on site: no

Is a photo of an "Information Sign"included?: Yes

Name if a website describes this location.: Not listed

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