Greetings from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

About a year ago, we started hiking in the park and it has opened our minds and hearts so much. Something about being alone with your thoughts in the park makes you come out refreshed - body, mind and soul. Hiking these trails has helped us release the stress of our day-to-day world and we’ve gained some amazing perspective from our many miles on the trails. It’s taught us how to work better together, to dream together, and to let loose and really live life. We have so many great stories and fond memories from our time on the trails and we look forward to visiting many of the other national parks in the coming years.

Sincerely,
Margaret

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains is one of the country's most popular national park sites, drawing millions of visitors year after year. Its ideal mix of the convenient and the extraordinary offers a region with postcard-perfect views and plentiful wildlife within easy reach of the interstate.

State(s): North Carolina Tennessee,

Established: 1926

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