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Great Smoky Mountains
Encompassing over one-half million acres, making it the largest national park in the East, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is easily accessible from Weaverville via the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Park offers fun for families and the adventurous alike, with easy walks, strenuous hikes, and unique natural environments as well as such historic areas as Cades Cove.
Park wildlife includes black bears, mountain lions, and reintroduced populations of elk. In the early 2000s scientists from around the world began to study the Park’s phenomenal diversity of animal and plant life, estimating that 100,000 species are found within its 400+ square miles. The wide range of altitudes, terrain, and microclimates make the Park a national treasure and the most visited national park in the United States.
Casual visitors, determined hikers, dedicated scientists, curious nature-lovers, and “just plain folks” are among those who enjoy and appreciate The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year!
National Park Service