Tennessee October 07, 2017
This Beautiful Place is the Crown Jewel of Tennessee
Many folks know Tennessee for its whiskey and music, but we aren’t just made of music notes and clear glass bottles. No, alongside our kind folk and insanely delicious local fare, we have the Great Smoky Mountains. Known for their versatile beauty and stunning vistas, the national park is lauded across the nation. Take a deeper look at this beautiful place, and fall in love with your state all over again.
The mountains themselves are thought to be between 200 and 300 million years old - that would make them one of the oldest mountain ranges in the entire world.
You can wander over 800 square miles worth of walking trails through the mountains as well. Whether you're heading up to Mt. LeConte or taking a leisurely walk through Cades Cove, the space is jaw dropping.
The Smoky Mountains have a mist that rises off of the range, but the name actually comes from Cherokee roots. The mountains were referred to as "Shaconage," which means "place of the blue smoke."
Interesting fact? The temperature in the Great Smokies never gets above 80 degrees. So if you're a fan of more temperate spaces, this may be the perfect vacation for you.
The park itself was instated in 1934, and it is the largest national park this side of the Rockies. It is also the most visited in the US, clocking in over a million visitors every year.
Did you know that the park is split between Tennessee and North Carolina? Of the 520,000 acres in the park, you'll find 244,000 in Tennessee and 520,000 in North Carolina.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home sweet home to over one hundred tree species and 4,000 plant types. It is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve.
What a beautiful space. You can visit during the white-crested snow of winter, or the lush and green summertime. Whether you're looking for an autumn trip or a spring getaway, this stunning national park should be #1 on your list.
Continue your exploration of our great state with this bed and breakfast overlooking a waterfall.