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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee and encompasses approximately 800 square miles.
It is the most visited national park due to its splendid natural attributes, its historic significance and proximity to a very large segment of the population of the United States.
Unlike the national parks in the west which were created out of lands already owned by the federal government, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was pieced together by the combined purchase and condemnation of lands owned by both corporations and private individuals.
About a third of the park remains as old growth forest, spared the lumberman’s ax by the park movement. Other parts of the park were heavily logged but have recovered after nearly a century of preservation.
Much of what is now the park was once comprised of small farms and homesteads. Some of these have been preserved and are maintained by the park service to serve as a window into the past of what this land was like in the 19th and early 20th century. Much of the popularity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be attributed to the broad spectrum of natural and anthropological significance of these Southern Appalachian Mountains.
There is no entrance fee to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You may enter and exit as often as you wish. Once can spend as much time as one wishes experiencing all that the park has to offer.
About the Author: Richard Weisser is a noted photographer and has been taking photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for over forty years. His works have been published in numerous books and magazines and have been incorporated into many products with a Great Smoky Mountains National Park connection. His website, SmokyPhotos has been online and active since 1999.