Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Address:107 Park Headquarters Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:865-436-1200
Fax:865-436-1220
Web: www.nps.gov/grsm/
Size: 521,495 acres.
Established: Authorized on May 22, 1926; established for full development on June 15, 1930. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and a World Heritage Site in 1983.
Location:In eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Several major highways lead to the park's three main entrances. In Tennessee, from I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN 66 South, and continue to US 441 South. In Tennessee, from I-40 in Knoxville take Exit 386B US 129 south to Alcoa/Maryville, then proceed on US 321 north through Townsend, and then straight on TN 73. In North Carolina, from I-40 take US 19 west through Maggie Valley and proceed to US 441 north at Cherokee. From Atlanta and points south, follow US 441 and 23 North.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), lodging, groceries, bicycle trail, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, trails (800+ miles).
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife viewing, auto touring, ranger-led programs and other educational activities.
Special Features:The loftiest range east of the Black Hills and one of the oldest uplands on Earth, the Smokies have a biological diversity that includes 1,400+ species of flowering plants and 4,000+ species of non-flowering plants, 100 species of native trees, 200+ species of birds, and 66 species of mammals. Besides the exquisite flora and fauna, the park also preserves structures representing southern Appalachian mountain culture. It is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States.

See other parks in Tennessee.
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"I used to think bear poaching was [our biggest threat in the park]," says John Garrison, supervisory ranger in the Smokey Mountains. "But I think ginseng is potentially higher.
Before taking up his position with the Church of Scotland, Mr Brandon has been based at four previous churches with the Presbyterian Church of the USA with his last position being in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.
Day trips are offered to places such as theater productions, ballgames, and boat tours in Chicago, as well as overnight trips to places such as New Orleans and the Smokey Mountains. Meals are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and monthly themed luncheons are always a hit.
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After the honeymoon in the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina, the couple is at home in Water Valley.
During the tour the group visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Opry at the Ryman, Elvis Presley's 'Graceland', Dolly Parton's 'Dollywood' ( in fact the coach during tour was driven by Peper Saucer' Dolly's personal driver), tour up the Great Smokey Mountains, Loretta Lynn's ranch and home, The Homes of the Stars, The Opry Land Hotel, had a trill of lunch and great country show on the largest showboat in the world 'The General Jackson' as she sailed down the Cumberland River.
Amid a spectacular fireworks display, the couple drove away for their honeymoon to the Smokey Mountains in a Model-T Ford hot rod.
JAMES Quinn may be as country as the Smokey Mountains but the young man from Maherafelt was a real rocker during his school days.
After a honeymoon to the Smokey Mountains, the couple now resides in Brookhaven.