By Darryl Payne
Posted on March 29, 2011
At Smoky Mountain Vacation Info, we've got lots of information to help you get the most out of your visit to the area. Much of what you'll find is located in the communities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but let's not overlook one special area that got East Tennessee tourism launched more than 70 years ago-Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Since its dedication in 1940, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has endured as one of East Tennessee's most valuable assets. Its high, rugged mountains and lush timberlands continue to draw more than 11 million visitors annually, each in search of peaceful recreation in an unspoiled corner of the world.
Park guests have 800 square miles of nature's best handiwork at their disposal. And unlike some locations within the national park system, Great Smoky Mountains doesn't charge entry fees.
Hiking has long been one of the most popular activities in the park. Some 150 trails cover more than 900 miles of territory, and campers may pitch tents at any of 10 campgrounds located throughout the park.
For a change of pace, many enjoy taking in the sights of the national park by car. Motor tours through the historic Cades Cove and Roaring Fork communities offer a winning combination of picture-postcard views and historic structures. Another fun and educational way to experience the Great Smoky Mountains is to take an interpretive tour. Led by park rangers, these walks, hikes and talks often use the park itself as a classroom to explore a variety of topics.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.