Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains

Home to tremendous biodiversity, here are some of the wildflowers that live in the Great Smokies: bee balm, columbine, yellow lady slippers, honeysuckle, Virginia heartleaf, Solomon’s seal, hardy orchids, Dutchman’s breeches, trilliums, two native species of rhododendrons and flame azaleas. The Smokies have the densest black bear population east of the Mississippi. Other animals that inhabit these mountains are the bobcat, coyote, elk, white-tailed deer, boars, red and gray foxes, and the occasional sighting of the cougar.

Here’s a gorgeous 3-minute National Geographic video showcasing the Great Smoky Mountains. Here’s an 8-minute personal video with an interior look at the Great Smokies and in particular, Cades Cove. Cades Cove attracts 2 million visitors each year.

FunFacts about The Great Smoky Mountains: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934. (Source)
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with over 11 million visits a year, is the most visited national park in the United States.
  • The Great Smokies are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Great Smokies have 187,000 acres of ‘old growth’ forest.
  • The Smokies have tremendous biodiversity.
  • The term ‘Smokies’ comes from a natural fog that results from the plants releasing ‘volatile organic compounds’.
  • The Great Smokies range from the Pigeon River in the northeast to the Little Tennessee River in the southeast.
  • The highest point in the Smokies is Clingmans Dome, which rises to an elevation of 6,643 feet (2,025 m).
  • By the time Europeans arrived, the Great Smoky Mountains was Cherokee country.

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31 thoughts on “Great Smoky Mountains

  1. I have yet to see the Great Smoky Mountains in person, but all the photos are beautiful! I’d like to get a chance to visit the park in the future.

  2. Love the photos! When my cousins and I were younger every summer the whole extended family would go camping in the Smokies for a week. I’ve made a few trips back since then on my own to camp and hike.

  3. When I was a teen my church group did humanitarian work for some of the elderly that lived near the Smokey’s. One house we were at, her back yard had a huge drop off, we could lay on the ledge and see mountains, hills and valley everywhere. It was so peaceful and beautiful. I had a lot of photos from there but lost them all in the flood of 2016 here in my home town.

    • Sheryl,
      It must have been one of the best views in the world! I can just picture what it must have looked like. (Sorry about your photos.)

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  4. The Smokey’s is a beautiful place. I’ve lived within driving distance (3hrs) my entire life. I’ve visited many times. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are no pictures of the Smokey’s in the winter time with snow. That is amazing. Driving thru the mountains, snow all around and the sun glinting off the snow, awesome!!! Some of the mountain roads redefine the word curvy and narrow, not for the faint of heart.

    Joyce from GA

  5. The Smokey Mountains are beautiful a beautiful memory . Around 40 years ago, my husband and I started up into the Skyline drive. It started snowing so bad that we were stopped and shown to a small inn where we and other travelers stayed until the snow was removed. It is a beautiful memory, walking in the unexpected snow and waiting for the snow to be cleared we ended up having a unexpected vacation. Beautiful and unexpected, that trip remains in my memory . There isn’t a spot there that isn’t beautiful.

  6. I live in NC and have visited the Smokey Mountains numerous times over the years. They are breath taking. It only takes about an hour to get to Asheville, NC and I can go up for a day trip. The group of ladies I get together with is planing to go to Lake Lure in April for a retreat and this is close to chimney rock.

  7. I love the Smokies! I took that very picture (3rd one – of the grist mill), only I was closer. It is a lovely old working grist mill. The Smokies are truly a national treasure. Thanks for reminding me I would like to go back – soon.

  8. I’ve made myself a promise to visit more of our National Parks and this one is definitely on my Top Ten list. It looks so beautiful!

  9. Living in North Carolina we visit the Smoky mountains many times throughout the year. We especially enjoy The Fall season and thethe springt. No matter when you go it’s beautiful.

  10. I have been there multiple times! So pretty. My parents live near there in the Roan sub-range of the Appys. I mostly visited when we were visiting my grandparents–where my parents now live.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great way to drive and see the beauty.

    denise

  11. I want to go see a lot of the National Parks of our United States and enjoy our beautiful states. From Tucson, AZ

  12. Ok I’m going to brag a little bit. I love in Tennessee and am about 1&1/2 hrs away from the Smokies. I’m fact we just came back today from being there. It seriously is beautiful there. Sunday,through today there was snow on the Mts. Cases Cove is beautiful. For the amount of traffic through there in the summer months it is amazingly quite. Sometimes you see bears,deers, etc through there. It is like stepping back in time to what it used to be hundreds of years ago. I’ve seen bear along side the road going over the Smokies. If you ever get a chance to come to Tennessee please do. Even though I have a love of the beach our state has some of the prettiest terrain there is.

  13. Love the smokies as we call them. I too live about 2 hrs from them and they are one of my favorite destinations. I usually visit them several times a year. As matter of fact I was marries there.

  14. I have been there a few times. It is a very beautiful place to go. Cades Cove is very lovely. We seen a black bear there on our last visit.
    Loretta
    Crawford, West Virginia

  15. i live by the Rocky Mountains in the West They are hard and sharp looking The Smoky Mountains look quite rounded and soft. I would love to see them someday. Alberta Canada

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