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"My Tennessee (and North Carolina) Mountain Home" Top 5 Page for this destination Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Stephen-KarenConn

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

"There are trees here that stood before our forefathers came to this continent; there are brooks that still run as clear as the day the first pioneer cupped his hand and drank from them."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dedicating Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are my favorite spot on Planet Earth. The National Park straddles the Tennessee/North Carolina border and encompases more than half a million acres of mountain splendor. These verdant peaks are the storehouse of more different species of flowering plants and trees than in all of Western Europe. They are also home to an impressive array of wildlife including whitetail deer, elk, red wolves, wild boar, and the largest population of black bears in eastern America.

The Smokies may not have the stark naked beauty of western U.S. peaks, such as the Grand Tetons, but their more mature, softer contours comfort me like once did my own Mother's bosom. Not to be underestimated, the Smokies rival their Rocky Mountain counterparts when measured from foot to peak, rather than by elevation alone. Mt. Leconte soars more than a mile into the southern sky above it's base along the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg. Although this most popular of all U.S. national parks draws up to 10 million visitors a year (more than Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined), there's enough room to easily escape the crowds and not see another human being for days on end.

I grew up in East Tennessee and have lived within sight of the Smokies both on the Tennesse and North Carolina sides. As time allows I will be building these pages in an effort to share with you my mountain home.

FYI: The proper spelling is "Smoky" NOT "Smokey" as you see it so often misspelled.

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  • In a nutshell:The Most Visited National Park in the United States
  • Last visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Jul 2004
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  • Dec 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected land areas east of the Rocky Mountains.

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    Aug 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    these are great tips on a great national park. i will be here auguts 22 2009 onwards. thanks for building such a great page as this.

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  • Oct 15, 2006 at 5:07 PM

    Wonderful picture! My friend George lives in Ohio, so i hope in the future to visit Usa. Nikos

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    Jul 23, 2006 at 5:40 PM

    How wonderful...I'd love it too

  • vhasouth's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2006 at 1:15 PM

    I'm getting ready to head back to the Smokies...have you tried Whitewater Rafting there???

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 11:34 AM

    Looks like quite a beautiful place! the Smokies are high up on my must do list.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2005 at 2:36 PM

    Fantastic pages, and sooo many travels, how lucky. I'll be visiting your pages often. Thank you.

  • Sep 7, 2005 at 4:45 AM

    Another well written, informative page!! Great pics, too!!! Booked a cabin in Townsend next month...can't wait!!! J & E

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    Jul 7, 2005 at 2:48 PM

    As usual, Steve has accumluted another "Connprehensive" travel guide that isn't just about the facts...he also captures the feel of the place, and in this case even the spirit of the Smokies and the people who have lived there for centuries. Bravo! Wayne

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