5 Things You Might Not Know About Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nearly 100 log structures have been preserved throughout GSMNP

Because the park was once owned by homesteaders as late as the 1930s, you will find many historic buildings constructed from the trees in the forest. Most of these former residences, businesses, barns, churches, and other types of structures look almost as if people still use and occupy the

Horses can travel on 550 miles of hiking trails

Horse riders will love the nearly endless possibilities to take their four-legged companions out on some of the Park’s hiking trails.

There are 19 species of fireflies in the park

One of the great events of the Smokies in June is the Synchronous Fireflies – the only species in America that can synchronize their flashing lights. 

Salamander capital of the world

Probably because of its humid and misty climate, salamanders thrive here. About 30 species of them can be found in the park boundaries, with 24 of those are classified as “lungless”. They breathe through the blood vessels in their skin and mouth and throat linings.

The most visited National Park in the United States

…with approximately 60,000 unique visitors every weekend during the peak season. The Smoky Mountains are a day’s drive from 60% of the nation, making it a popular vacation destination.

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