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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its...[more]

A log cabin sits in a clearing surrounded by colorful autumn trees.
A Step Back in Time

Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures┬┐houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools, and grist mills┬┐have been preserved in the park.

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Black-bellied salamander on a leaf
The "Salamander Capital of the World!"

Over 30 different species of salamanders live in the park--an incredible diversity for an area this size.

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Red sky at sunset over ridges of mountains in the park
Mountain Views

View mountain ridges stretching to the horizon from scenic overlooks in the park.

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Golden fall foliage frames a river cascade
Little River in Autumn

There are over 2,100 miles of waterways in the park, many with beautiful cascades and waterfalls.

Kent Cave

A mother bear relaxes with her two cubs
Black Bears

An estimated 1,500 black bears live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Please keep your distance from bears. Park regulations prohibit visitors from approaching closer than 150 feet to bears or elk.

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A male elk bugles to attract females during the fall mating season.
Wildlife Viewing

Opportunities abound to view wildlife such as elk, black bear, white-tailed deer, turkeys and other animals in the park.

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The entrance doors and front patio of Sugarlands Visitor Center
Sugarlands Visitor Center

Sugarlands Visitor Center is open year-round except for Christmas Day.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Address

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Directions

The park has three main entrances: Cherokee in North Carolina, and Gatlinburg and Townsend in Tennessee. Please visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/directions.htm for directions to these entrances.

Activities
  • AUTO TOURING AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING BIKING
  • CAMPING CAMPING
  • FISHING FISHING
  • HIKING HIKING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING HORSEBACK RIDING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING WILDLIFE VIEWING
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