Great Smokies


Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Famous for its amazing biodiversity – over 10,000 species have been documented in the park. Scientists believe an additional undiscovered 90,000 species may live here. And there are more black bears per square mile than any other spot in the US.

Just as amazing, this national park is an outdoor museum showcasing the unique and fascinating human culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Dozens of preserved structures give visitors an idea of how 19th and early 20th century homesteaders lived in the Smokies.

The National Parks Explorer gives you almost 200 articles on all the aspects of this most visited park in America – Cades Cove, Roaring Fork, Cataloochee Valley, Clingman’s Dome, waterfalls, auto tours, day hikes, campgrounds, wildlife, wildflowers, and more.

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The Great Smokies Road Tour – A guided driving tour, starting at Cades Cove and then heading over Newfound Gap to climb up to the highest point in the park – Clingman’s Dome.
Explore Nature – Spruce-fir forest ecosystem, mountain flora, wildlife, waterfalls, geology…
Explore History – The Cherokee, log cabins, mountain folk, moonshining, founding the park…
Places to Go – Cades Cove, Clingman’s Dome, Laurel Falls, Newfound Gap, Oconaluftee, Mingo Falls, Cataloochee Valley…
Roaring Fork Tour –  Cascading waterfalls, old-growth forest, historic log cabins…
Things to Do – Hiking, camping, fishing, wildflower walks, elk viewing…

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