Smoky Mountains Fast Facts

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

FAST FACTS

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 include: Clingmans Dome, Monte Leconte, Chimney Tops, the 100-foot waterfall Ramsey Cascades, and the scenic of Cades Cove.


Hiking and Horseback Riding:  There are approximately 800 miles of horse and hiking trails crossing the beautiful Smoky Mountains.


Camping:  The park has 1,008 developed campsites and 100 primitive sets.

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