The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is located in southeastern Tennessee and borders North Carolina on its western side.
Smoky Mountain Park covers more than half a million acres and is home to a diversity of wildlife and more than four thousand species of plants.
The Smoky Mountains once belonged to the Cherokee Indians and today they are visited by millions every year. A highlight of the park is the more than 800 miles of hiking trails throughout the mountains.
The Smoky Mountains are the most visited national park in the United States and boast some 9 million visitors through the park boundries each year. In fact, the number is now close to 10 million every year.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located near the towns of Pigeon Forge, Townsend and Gatlinburg on the Tennessee side of the border and on the other side of the park we have Cherokee and Maggie Valley North Carolina.
If you have never visited this area Cades Cove is one of the biggest attraction in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is one of the most well preserved and serene and picturesque locations gracing the park and is not to be missed on any vacation in the Smoky Mountains. The history and the pioneering spirit that allowed people to survive in what was once the Tennessee wilderness is worth the effort to see.
There are an endless amount of activities to enjoy while visiting the Smoky Mountain National Park such as hiking of course, but also camping, tubing down several rivers throughout the park, biking in Cades Cove and other places, whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities. Here is a complete set of maps for all the camping and hiking areas in the Smokies.