Great Smoky Mountains National Park Area Campgrounds Professional Review and Guide
"The Smokies, as they are known by locals and lovers of the park, comprise the country’s most visited national park. It is within one day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. However, this is not the only reason the Smokies are so popular. With more than a half-million acres of natural beauty, the Smokies can boast several impressive facts. The park is an International Biosphere Reserve, has more tree species than all Northern Europe, counts for half the old-growth forest in the United States, and contains more wildflower species than any other national park in the country.
If you enjoy hiking, the park has more than 800 miles of trails, including trails for horseback riding and part of the Appalachian Trail. The park is home to miles and miles of clear mountain streams, great for both trout fishing and swimming on a hot summer day. Wildlife watching is also a great pastime here. White-tailed deer and black bears are two of the favorite animals to be seen in the park, but many more make the Smokies their home."