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Great Smoky Mountain National Park

 

     The Appalachian Mountains, stand tall and regal in this 800-square-mile area.  Many types of trees grow here, and perhaps the most spectacular species are the flowering trees and  plants such as purple rhododendron, mountain laurel, and flame azalea which bloom from early June to mid-July.
     The moist climate makes this a rich wilderness with a succession of flowers in many varieties.  Half in North Carolina and half in Tennessee, with the Appalachian Trail following the state line along the ridge for 70 miles, this is a place to hike.
     In the lowlands are the cabins, barns, and many of the mountain people whose ancestors came years ago from England and Scotland.It is also a place to see the descendants of the once mighty Cherokee Nation, whose ancestors hid in the mountains from the soldiers in the winter of 1838-1839 to avoid being driven
over the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma.
 
  Asheville is the closest city to the  Great Smoky Mountains.A wonderful place to be the base point,if you plan on spending anytime at the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

THINGS TO SEE & DO:
   The park's best known sights are Clingmans Dome.This is the top of "old smoky" at 6643 feet.It's the highest point in the park.On a clear day,you can see seven states and the dramatic "twin summits" of Chimney Tops.
   If you want to dodge the crowds,Cades Cove area features an 11-mile ride that is very popular for cyclists.This is beautiful farm country for post card pictures.
   Greenbrier Cove is another "crowd dodger".Located 6-miles east of Gatilinburg,off Hwy 321.Greenbrier Cove offers water falls,hiking trails & rocky mountain streams.
   Two mile from Cherokee is the Mountain Farm Museum,it has many original log buildings and gritty agricultural displays.The Mingus Store sells stone ground grain,just a 1/2 mile north of the museum.
   For camping,there are over thousand camp sites in the Great Smoky Mountain Park.Call 800-365-2267 to reserve a site for you.You can reserve sites up to 5 months in advance.
  See scenic drives for more info on things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains. 
 
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