This wonderful national park, which straddles the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, is one of only a few members of America’s National Park System in the populous eastern United States. As such, it is one of the most visited national parks in the country. It offers wildlife and beautiful scenery as well as an opportunity to examine the history of this region. There are many trails for walking or hiking, and the park roads allow access to a variety of sights.
The highest point in the park is Clingman’s Dome which can be seen from Newfound Gap, the major north-south road of the park.
The mountains are named the “Smokies” because transpiration from the abundant vegetation creates a misty humidity which looks like smoke.
The Cades Cove area features cabins once used by early settlers in the region.
There are also waterfalls in the park which are accessible through the trail system..