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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A View of the Smoky Mountains

Highlights of the National Park

A  mountain scene icon Established: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in 1934 to protect the last remnant of the southern Appalachian forest which was being exterminated by extensive logging.

A  mountain scene icon Area: The park encompases 520,976 acres of land.

A  mountain scene icon Elevations: The highest elevation is the summit of Clingman's Dome at 6,643 feet above sea level. The lowest point is the mouth of Abrams Creek at 840 feet above sea level.

A  mountain scene icon Plant Species: There are over 1,600 species of flowering plants in the park. This includes 125 species of native trees.

A  mountain scene icon Animal Species: There are 200 species of birds, 50 species of fish, and 60 species of mammals. The park is America's salamander capital with 30 species of these creatures.

A  mountain scene icon Number of Visitors: The park receives almost 10 million visitors each year. It is the most visited national park in our country.

A  mountain scene icon Park Activities: The park has an abundance of activities throughout the year including: hiking, bicycling, fishing, picnicking, campfire programs, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, ranger talks and walks, pioneer life exhibits and annual festivals. There is something for all interests and age groups.

A  mountain scene icon Hiking: There are over 800 miles of trails to hike. Also, the Appalachian Trail cuts through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its way to its southern terminus in Georgia. There is approximately 70 miles of the AT through the park.

A  mountain scene icon Camping: The park has 1,008 developed campsites and 100 primitive camp sites.

A  mountain scene icon Horseback Riding: The park has an extensive system of trails for horses and is considered the best riding area in the eastern part of the United States.

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Hiking Information

In the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, more than 800 miles of trails provide opportunities for hikers and strollers of all ages and abilities. You can take an easy saunter for a short visit with nature, a week-long backpacking adventure in the forest or anything in between. For those who prefer to commune with nature from the comfort of their vehicle, there are over 200 miles of paved and gravel back roads that provide an escape from the everyday annoyances of traffic and allow the visitor to enjoy some of the more remote and adventurous areas of the park.



Round Trip Mileage

Abrams Falls Western end of the Cades Cove Loop Road  5 Miles
Chasteen Creek Falls Smokemont Campground  4 Miles
Grotto Falls Roaring Fork Loop Road  3 Miles
Hen Hollow Falls Cosby Campground  4.5 Miles
Indian Creek Falls Deep Creek Campground  2 Miles
Juneywhank Falls Deep Creek Road, 1/4 mile from campground amphitheater  .6 Miles
Laurel Falls Little River Road 2 1/2 Miles
Rainbow Falls Cherokee Orchard Road  5.5 Miles
Ramsay Cascades Greenbrier Cove  8 Miles
Old Sugarlands Stone Bridge at Sugarlands Park Headquarters  .5 Miles
Gregory Bald  Cades Cove at the turnaround on Forge Creek Road  11 Miles
Andrews Bald Clingman's Dome Parking Area  4 Miles
Mount Cammerer Low Gap Trail in Cosby Campground 12 Miles
Walker Sisters Farmstead Greenbrier School off Lyon Springs Road in Wears Valley  2 Miles
Charlie's Bunion Newfound Gap head east on the Appalachian Trail (AT)  9 Miles

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