Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States, and with good reason. It is incredibly beautiful and boasts 850 miles of hiking trails, 730 miles of fish bearing streams and numerous mountains, sixteen of which exceed 6,000 feet in elevation!

There are many historical sites in and around the park including the most popular, Cade’s Cove, where you will find very well preserved log cabins, churches and barns. The park is also home to over 4,000 species of plants (more then 1,400 of those are flowering plants), over 100 species of trees,¬†200 species of birds, 50 species of fish, 39 species of reptiles, and 43 species of amphibians! It is also home to many species of mammals including a very large black bear population, bobcats, two species of fox, river otters, beavers, woodchucks, coyotes, white-tailed deer and various species of bats.

Every visitor to the Smokies absolutely has to take a drive along Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441) at various times during the day to take in the incredible mountain views and especially to experience the mountain range’s namesake, the smoky mist or fog that is created by all of the vegetation in the mountain range “exhaling” vapors known as¬†volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

If you’ve ever been to the Smokies yourself, I hope the photos in this calendar take you back and remind you of how beautiful it is. If you have never been, then let this calendar inspire you every day to take a trip and see the beauty for yourself, firsthand.

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