The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with rich history, a wide variety of plant and animal life, and beautiful outdoor opportunities. Here are some of our favorite fun facts about the park!
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 522,427 acres, divided almost evenly between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee.
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park, with 11.3 million visits in 2016.
- There are 850 miles of hiking trails in the park, with 40,000 hikers annually.
- The park generated over $734 million in 2013, and supports over 10,000 jobs in the surrounding community.
- The park is home to many threatened or rare species.
- The park is home to over 1000 developed campsites, making this park a must visit for any avid camper.
- There are five historic areas in the park, with 97 maintained buildings that celebrate southern Appalachian culture.