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Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

If I were forced to sum up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it would be “A Wondrous Diversity of Life”.

In fact, the Great Smoky Mountains is the most biodiverse park in the National Park system in America. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its magical smoky haze and once you experience it in person, you can’t wait to come back and immerse yourself again.   

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The Smokies is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, and the ethereal beauty of its ancient 200 to 300 million year old mountains. 

But there is another treasure in the park too.  There are a few precious remaining historic cabins, mills, barns, and other buildings that are under serious threat.  Not only do these buildings represent a unique time in American history, but they symbolize the pioneer spirit that America was built on.  

Join Tim in helping protect the last remaining historic buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tim is using his 8x10 large format view camera and film to photograph the historic cabins, mills, barns, and other buildings so he can make handmade archival platinum prints.  Why use large format film and make handmade platinum prints?  Because platinum prints made in this way can last for thousands of years and ultimate help protect the natural history of these historic and quickly dwindling buildings.

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Free Smokies Insider Updates by Tim Layton at timlaytonfineart.com/insiderFree Smokies Insider Updates by Tim Layton at timlaytonfineart.com/insider With over 150 hiking trails extending for more than 850 miles, hiking is the most popular activity in the national park.  There are trails for every age group ranging from a leisurely stroll to some of the most challenging hikes you can imagine. 

The Smokies is the most popular National Park in the country and hosts well over 12.5 million annual visitors. The Smokies gets more annual visitors than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone national parks combined. 

Imagine seeing elk, black bear, deer, coyotes, owls, and many other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Stop for a moment and imagine hearing the sounds of mountain rivers and streams melt away your stress. 

Did you know that almost 95% of the park is forested and over 1,500 flowering plant species have been identified in the park. The Smokies has over 100 species of native trees, more than in any other North American national park. 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Platinum Print Historic Buildings Project by Tim LaytonGreat Smoky Mountains National Park Platinum Print Historic Buildings Project by Tim Layton It is easy to understand why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is loved by so many people.

The Smokies contain some of the highest mountains in eastern North America, including Clingmans Dome, Mount Guyot, and Mount LeConte.

The border between the two states runs northeast to southwest through the center of the park. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Georgia to Maine. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq. mi) making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States.

The park is internationally recognized for its mountains, waterfalls, biodiversity, and spruce-fir forests. In addition, the park also preserves multiple historical structures that were part of communities occupied by early settlers of the area.

Elevations in the park range from approximately 850 feet to 6,643 feet.

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