Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky MountainsThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. With over 9,000,000 tourists per year, it is the most visited national park in the U.S. On its path from Maine to Georgia the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was established by the United States Congress in 1934 and dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It contains 814 square miles, which makes it one of the largest preserved locations in the eastern United States. With more than 800 miles of controlled paths, this park is enjoyed by many walkers and hikers. Visitors can fish, picnic and drive the scenic roads. A lot of tourists come to the Smokies to see the bears. There are 1,500 bears who live in the park. From the larger animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies have the most biological diverse areas of any location in the earth's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a spectacular variety of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future enjoyment.

Climate

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a mild climate, typified by calm winters and hot, humid summers. Elevations in the park range from 800 feet to 6,643 feet, so the mountain areas can dramatically change local weather. Temperatures can vary 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit from mountain base to top, and clear weather at lower levels do not mean good conditions at the higher elevations.

 

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