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What is the Smoky Mountains?

National Park Waterfall
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the national park system with over 9 million visitors annually (9,008,830 visitors to be precise). No other park comes with half of that for annual visits.

The park encompasses 521,915 acres of beautifully preserved old growth forest and majestic valleys in both North Carolina and Tennessee. It is the 22nd largest park in terms of acres. While it’s on the smaller side for national parks it certainly brings the annual visitors. That works to an astonishing 17.3 visitors per acre.

The Park also acts as a wildlife preserve, a place where the American Black bear, Flying Squirrel, Elk and thousands of types of plants and moss exist in natural abundance.

The park has hundreds of miles of trails, as well as beautifully preserved 19th and 20th century buildings. America’s most popular National Park, Smokey Mountains no less retains its aura of mystery and wonder.