Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
In a single day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you could see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat, hear the sounds of mountain streams, hike to a waterfall, feel a cool mountain breeze on your face, take a beautiful drive through the mountains, and you could end the day with an awe inspiring sunset that will make you want to come back as soon as possible.
There really is no other national park like the Smokies and the best part is, it is FREE!
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The Smokies 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.
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.
As a professional fine art photographer, I spend a tremendous amount of time exploring and experiencing the Smokies. I love to share my knowledge and love of the most visited national park with you so you can have an awesome experience when you visit. I have a tremendous amount of knowledge of the park and a lot of insider tips that will help make your time even better. I share my love of the Great Smoky Mountains through my artist original handmade silver gelatin fine art darkroom prints that my son and I make one at a time in our custom darkroom.
You can bring home that love and magical feeling that you have when you are in the Smokies to any room in your home or office with one of my artist original handmade fine art prints.
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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