Thursday, October 28, 2010


Fall is a great time to visit Smoky Mountain
National Park. I was there recently during the peak of the fall colors. This is the most visited national park with 8-10 million visitors a year. The park covers 814 square miles,has 800 miles of trails and 700 miles of fishable streams. It a special place of nature. Wildlife includes 1800 bears (but who is counting), elk, deer, wild turkey, wolves, and other critters. The park includes 100 species of trees, 200 species of fish, 39 types of reptiles and 43 amphibians. What a variety of nature. There is actually just one main road (US 441)thru the park that connects Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina. It goes over Newfound Gap which stands at 5,048 ft. At this time of year looking at the fall colors and taking photos is a big deal. There are plenty of trails to hike and different destinations. The Sugarland Visitor Center has lots of information about the park and interesting displays. All of this is close to Pigeon Forge TN also known as the Home of Dollywood and Dolly Parton. So if you are looking for somewhere to visit check out the Smoky Mountain National Park.

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