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Smoky Mountains

Written by Jessica Duquette
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An Infamous National Park

Smoky Mountains, located between North Carolina and Tennessee is just one reason why visitors flock to Gatlinburg, TN each year. The Smokies are famous for the diversity of plant and animal life and the 800 miles of hiking trails frequented by avid outdoorsmen. The Smoky Mountain National Park was founded in 1934 and has continued to see a steady increase in travelers since its opening.

If you're considering a back country camping trip to the Smoky Mountains be sure to obtain a permit first. All campers are required to have a registered permit. Obtain a free permit at any ranger station or the Sugarlands visitor center.

Retreat to Civilization in the Smoky Mountains

If braving the wilderness and dark isn't your idea of fun, check out the lodging options at the Le Conte Lodge. This lodge is only accessible by foot and it sits on top of Monte Le Conte at 6,593 feet. Reservations are required so be sure to call in advance.

The Smokies offer a handful of other activities as well. Wildlife viewing, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching and auto touring are just some of the options you have when you visit the Smokies. For additional information you can visit the National Park Service website or click on the link above.

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