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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – for the out–door man


By Suba Subramanium

Great Smoky Mountains National Park –wish you were here?
On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, USA, you have the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, America’s most visited national park.


The Smokies offers a myriad of activities for you to enjoy. The hardest part may be choosing which - auto tour, trail, waterfall, overlook, or historic area !
Here goes……………
Interested in auto tours?
An auto tour of the park offers a variety of experiences, panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings, and mature hardwood forests stretching to the horizon. There are 384 miles of road to choose from in the Smokies – take your pick; Cades Cove Loop Road, Cataloochee Valley, Newfound Gap Road, Roaring Fork Motor, Nature Trail or the Upper Tremont Road – the choice is yours , each as spectacular as the other.
Interested in Bicycling?

You can do that too- Bicycles can travel on most roads within the park. Here’s a tip –the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road is the best as it is a one way road, and happens to be a popular bicycling area. It provides bicyclists with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and touring 19th century home sites.
Interested in Camping?
The park offers several different types of campsites; Backcountry - for backpackers; Front country – for camping near your car; Group Campgrounds – for large campsites suitable for groups and of course the Horse Camps - Small campgrounds with primitive camping facilities.
Interested in fishing?

Smokies is the right place for fishing with about 2,115 miles of streams within its boundaries; it protects one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. Smokies offer a great opportunity to catch trout throughout the year.
Interested in picnicking?
You have the Big Creek, Chimney Tops, Cades Cove, Collins Creek, Cosby, Deep Creek, Greenbrier, Heintooga, Look Rock, Metcalf Bottoms, and Twin Creeks. Do you need more? By the way, all picnic areas have pavilions!

Interested in hiking?
Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park. Hikers enjoy the Smoky Mountains during all months of the year with every season offering is own special rewards. One of the most daunting tasks facing hikers is choosing a trail.
Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States? Nearly 80 historic structures—houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools, and grist mills—have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park.
For nature lovers and wildlife lovers Smokies is a haven!
Bring the whole family for a hands-on exploration of the diversity of life within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, together you could discover the wonders of the Smokies!!

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