Greetings from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Even before my family and I reached the Smokies, I was in awe of the scenery around me. Tennessee’s vibrant forests framed the road on either side, and we drove along a glimmering creek that threaded through the trees. Later, after hiking up to Clingmans Dome, we watched the fog sweep across the peaks. But, I found the park’s rich history just as fascinating as its grassy wild meadows and rugged mountains.

We spent most of the day driving on Loop Road in Cades Cove. The Cherokee Indians had traveled and hunted in Cades Cove for centuries, but all of the existing historical buildings were built by European settlers since archaeologists have not found any major Cherokee settlements. I loved synthesizing the knowledge I acquired in history class on westward expansion in the 1800s, the Civil War, and the Civilian Conservation Corps with the information in my auto tour booklet. Physically exploring the sites further enriched my learning.

I hope we will continue to take good care of the Great Smoky Mountains and other national parks so future generations will have ample opportunities to learn about America’s history, spot wildlife from a safe distance, and enjoy the views.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the country's most popular national park sites. It offers postcard-perfect views and plentiful wildlife.

State(s): North Carolina Tennessee,

Established: 1926

“They allow us to experience awe-inspiring views while teaching us about America's diverse history and rich heritage. We must continue to protect our parks so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

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