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Smoky Mountains Fast Facts

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts visitors to explore the mysteries of the park's ancient landscape.


Established:  The park was established in 1934 to protect the last of the southern Appalachian forest, which once covered more than 4 million acres, but was eliminated by logging and fire.

Land Area:  The park is 521,895 acres.

Number of Visitors:  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the highest visitation of any national park with more than 9 million people visiting annually.

Lowest and Highest Elevations:  The lowest elevation in the park is 870 feet at the mouth of Abrams Creek.  The highest elevation is 6,643 feet at the summit of Clingmans Dome.

Plant and Animal Species:  The park's abundance a variety of plant and animal life have earned it the United Nations designation of International Biosphere Reserve. Their are an estimated 100,000 different types of plants and animals in the national park. 

Sights:  Some of the most popular attractions inc…

Exploring the National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, its beautiful ancient mountains and the quality of its rem ants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, it is no wonder this is America's most visited national park.  The national park offers a wide variety of activities for children and adults of all ages.

The national park encompasses more than 800 miles of rustic mountain ranges.  An automobile tour of the park offers a variety of experiences from scenic views and flowing mountain streams to weathered historic buildings and hardwood forests stretching to the horizon.  There are 384 miles of road to choose from in the Smokies.  Cades Cove and Roaring Fork Motor Trail are two auto tours that offer both beauty and a tour of the history of the Great Smoky Mountains.

If you are not looking for a relaxing day in the car and would rather work up a sweat, then the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop is a popular bicycling area.  It provides bi…