Monday, June 8, 2015

Future POIs - Great Smoky Mountains [Tennessee, North Carolina]

One of the national parks that we will be visiting during our June USA roadtrip will be Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Believe it or not, GSM is America's most visited national park which gets about 9 million visits every year.  This is more than twice the second most visited national park, the Grand Canyon.

Founded in 1934, it is 522,419 acres and is currently the 19th largest national park in America.  GSM actually borders both Tennessee and North Carolina, with elevations changes from 800 feet all the way up to 6,643 feet!  This altitude change means that temperatures can easily change almost 10 degrees Celsius!

You can do horseback rides, hayrides, hikes, bicycling, fishing water tubing, and wildlife watching.  There are a number of waterfalls to see, some that are over 100 feet tall. Some main points of interest are the Laurel Falls and the Clingman's Dome, both of which are a short and easy walk from their respective parking lots.  Laurel Falls is a 80 foot waterfall and the Clingman's Dome is an observation deck.  If you are into hiking, make sure to visit Chimney Tops

Come back next Monday for another Future Point of Interest!