Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Established in 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is comprised of ridge upon ridge of seemingly endless forest on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and its history of southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. With nearly 80 historic buildings, spectacular displays of wildflowers, and abundant wildlife, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities to enjoy.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park region is divided down its length by the Tennessee – North Carolina border. Visitor centers—Sugarlands and Oconaluftee—mirror each other across the state line separated by many miles of deciduous forest. There are waterfalls throughout the park, with larger falls like Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and Mingo drawing over 200,000 visitors per year.

Travel Ideas

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  • Happy Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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  • Parks for Play
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Plan Your Visit

NPF'S Impact at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Working with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, the park delivered climate change education training to local teachers as part of the Parks Climate Challenge program. The park also developed a...

Photos from Park Visitors