Visiting The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

NORTH CAROLINA - Located in the Eastern United States, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to various plant and animal life. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to the remnants of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Over nine million people visit the park each year, and it offers a variety of outdoor activities. Whether you're interested in hiking or camping, mountain biking, or simply taking in the scenery, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a place that will not disappoint.

Photo: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park


The park is home to more than 70,000 species of plants and animals, which means it's one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. The park protects as many as 66 mammals, 200 species of birds, 50 native fish, and 80 kinds of reptiles. Its wide range of habitats and elevations contribute to its diversity. The park is so diverse that it is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve.

There are several moderate and easy hikes in the Smokies for those who enjoy hiking. One of the most popular moderate hikes is Andrews Bald, which will take you through the spectacular spruce-fir forest. Big Creek is a shorter, less strenuous hike, which is great for beginners. It offers abundant wildflowers and a view of Mouse Branch Falls.

 Visiting North Carolina's Most Iconic Attractions - If you're a history buff, there are plenty of things to do in North Carolina. For example, you could spend a day at Biltmore Estate or take in a holiday event at the USS North Carolina Battleship. You could also visit the North Carolina Zoo or explore the Great Smoky Mountains. All of these things are great options for family vacations.