The most visited National Park in the United States National Park system is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park located between Tennessee and North Carolina. This world renowned park has some of the most diverse plant and animal life and is well known for the magnificence of its ancient mountains range.
There is so much to do in the park you could spend a whole vacation and still not exhaust all the possibilities. It’s a great vacation destination for all ages and has something to offer everyone who visits. This year the park will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a National park.
With over 800 miles of maintained trails Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s Utopia. There are trails for every skill level from a casual afternoon stroll to a serious back country camping experience. Hikers of all skill and fitness levels will find the perfect trail to explore. Hiking is certainly not the only activity you can partake in as there is also camping, biking, fishing, and horseback riding amongst other things. And, if you aren’t feeling like a hike to the crest of a mountain or catching the big one, you can merely sit and take in the marvelous mountain sunsets the park has to offer.
Another great activity at the park is auto tours. An auto tour will bring you to fantastic panoramic vistas, rushing mountain streams and will open your eyes to some of the cool weathered historic buildings in and around the park. An auto tour through The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be a fun and exciting event. While you are out there enjoying your auto tour, stop and take in one of the 11 picnic sites set up to provide you with all the scenery needed to enjoy your food with a view. Maybe you’ll be able to enjoy some of the wildlife that resides in the park. Just don’t feed the bears!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be an experience your whole family will remember for years and years to come. Once you arrive you may never want to leave! One tip to keep in mind when planning your visit is to remember to bring climate appropriate clothes. The weather in the park can change frequently and quite often does especially when driving or hiking to higher altitudes, so bring along some warm clothing and always feel free to call for weather updates before arrival. Have fun and enjoy all the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.
Alan LeStourgeon runs the Gatlinburg Vacations [http://gatlinburg.weblogstop.com/] blog where he explores some great destinations in and around Gatlinburg and blogs about Gatlinburg cabins and adventures.
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