The Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge Area Guide
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The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a protected area of the 900 million year old Appalachian Mountains, some of the oldest mountains on earth. The park encompasses over 500,000 acres and is 54 miles long and 14 miles at its widest point. Located in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, it is only a one day drive, or less, for over 60 percent of the United States travel population.
The Smoky Mountains are named after the blue mist or haze seen over the mountains and in the valleys. The native Cherokee Indians called this area "shaconage" (shah-con-ah-jey), which means "place of blue smoke".
The Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 60 species of mammals and over 200 species of birds. This is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. More species of trees than any where else in the USA or in all of northern Europe.
The views from the ancient Smoky Mountains, some of the most spectacular fall color found anywhere, wildlife roaming freely and hiking opportunities galore. no wonder this is the most visited National Park in the country. There are no entry fees to visit the park.