Great Smoky Mountains National Park - North Carolina, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 94RedRover
N 35° 36.642 W 083° 25.521
17S E 280318 N 3943479
Quick Description: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina/Tennessee border, attracts more visitors than any other national park.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2010 3:24:07 AM
Waymark Code: WM84MW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 61

Long Description:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has 800 square miles, boasting 16 peaks that rise above 6,000 feet. This creates deep valleys and steep cliffs, providing a diversity of terrains and climates due to the quick altitude changes.

These valleys also caused the evaporation and transpiration of the forest's trees to cling to the mountains, creating a "smoke" that covers like fog. Thus, the Cherokee named the area "Shaconage" ("mountains of blue smoke") and the now aptly named park.

The tempurate changes also provide a diversity of trees and and flora. 120 tree species and 1,600 flowering plants offers visitors endless beauty.

The Blue Ridge Parkway will take you for a whirly, curvy tour of view after view after view, as the road winds along the climbs through the Smokey Mountains.

The Swag Country Inn sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet, claiming to be the highest country inn in the eastern US. Cabins here reflect the country nature of the woods, and even has its own hiking trailheads.
Name of Source Book: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die - A Traveler's Life List

Page Location in Source Book: 690

Type of Waymark: Scenic, Trail/Route

Location of Coordinates: Tennessee/North Carolina Line on US 441

Cost of Admission (Parks, Museums, etc.): 0.00 (listed in local currency)

List Available Hours, Dates, Season:
Because of the variety of flowering plants, the spring (May) covers the mountains in splashes of color. And the variety of trees makes October a leaf viewing heaven.

Official Tourism Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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