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The two RV Gypsies
in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
August 27, 2020

historyGreat Smoky Mountains National Park has parts in Tennessee and North Carolina. The park straddles the ridge line of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The park contains some of the highest mountains in eastern North America, including Clingmans Dome, Mount Guyot, and Mount Le Conte.

The border between the two states runs northeast to southwest through the center of the park. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Georgia to Maine. With 12.5 million visitors in 2019, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, possibly because it is easily reached from so many eastern states and there are 850 miles of trails and unpaved roads in the park for hiking, including 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

The park encompasses 522,419 acres, making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) in the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina, and in Townsend, Tennessee. The park is internationally recognized for its mountains, waterfalls, biodiversity, and spruce-fir forests.

The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. The Great Smoky Mountains was the first national park whose land and other costs were paid for in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds.

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Foothills Parkway sign Great Smoky Mountains NP Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Pigeon Forge Entrance Flashing Welcome sign
waterfall hike sign
one of several tunnels one of several tunnels
mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A dog on a motorcycle

Land of Diversity sign dog on a motorcycle
butterfly butterfly

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Lee Duquette at tne NC-TN  state Line Karen Duquette at the NC-TN state Line sign
Appalachian Trail sign Karen Duquette at th e Appalachian Trail sign
sign on the side of the cliff
77 stairs up Karen Duquette relaxing
Karen Duquette relaxing

Below: The road to Clingman's Dome

The Two RV Gypsies found a picnic lunch spot.

The road to Clingman's Dome The Two RV Gypsies found a picnic lunch spot

Below: A sign at the picnic lunch spot informing people about food harming the bears.

food warning for bears

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