“We meet today to dedicate the mountains, streams, and forests to the service of the American People.”
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
September 2, 1940
The Rockefeller Memorial . . . — — Map (db m20022) HM
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a sanctuary. This is one of the few places in the eastern United States where animal populations can live, propagate, and die with relatively little influence from humans. Plants flourish in untold numbers and . . . — — Map (db m20057) HM
Look out across the Smoky Mountains landscape.
How did this land come to be?
They carefully got all the mud and they laid it out on the rocks. And when it was dry enough, Grandfather threw it out into the water, and it became land. And the . . . — — Map (db m43855) HM
Cherokee Indian Reservation
Established by United
States for the Eastern
Band of Cherokee after
the removal of 1838.
Established by United . . . — — Map (db m11526) HM
This park is dedicated to all members of the eastern band of Cherokee Indians who served honorably in the Armed Forces of this Great Nation, and especially to those who died in the effort and to Charles George, the only member of the Eastern Band . . . — — Map (db m12929) HM
Commercial logging became widespread in the Smokies around 1880, about fifty years before the establishment of the national park. Loggers using hand tools an animal teams took maple, poplar, cherry, walnut, and other choice woods.
Mechanized . . . — — Map (db m20043) HM
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization MAB
Program on Man and the Biosphere
By Decision of the Bureau of the international coordinating council of the program on man and the biosphere, duly authorized to that effect by . . . — — Map (db m20061) HM
Shaconage, the Cherokee name for this area, means "land of blue smoke." A smoke-like natural bluish haze, and mist-like clouds that rise following a rainstorm, provide the inspiration for the name Smoky Mountains. During the growing season, the . . . — — Map (db m20058) HM
Few Places in North America sustain a greater variety of life than the Great Smoky Mountains. The forests, streams, and meadows here support more than 100 types of trees, 58 kinds of fish, some 1,500 flowering plants, more than 200 bird species, and . . . — — Map (db m20053) HM
Ani-Gilohi—(Cherokee language translation)
People in this clan wore their hair long. They walked with confidence and were often leaders.
(Cherokee language translation)
CLAN FACTS: Throughout the large . . . — — Map (db m73920) HM
The high, rounded mountain in front of you is Clingmans Dome (6,643 feet elevation), the highest mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest in Tennessee, and the third highest in the eastern United States. It bears the name of . . . — — Map (db m67901) HM
Clingmans Dome is a sacred mountain to the Cherokees, where the Magic Lake was once seen. The Great Spirit told the Cherokees that, “if they love me, if they love all their brothers and sisters, and if they love the animals of the earth, when . . . — — Map (db m43851) HM
Oconaluftee Indian Village is an authentic replica of a Cherokee Indian Town of 1750. Here you will see life as it was carried on 200 years ago. Ancient arts of the Red Man such as basket weaving, wood-carving, finger-weaving, pottery, weapon making . . . — — Map (db m96642) HM
The rugged terrain of the Smoky Mountains determined patterns of human settlement. Residents of the Smokies - be they native Cherokees or European emigrants and their descendants - gravitated to valleys or coves. Settlement was confined to areas far . . . — — Map (db m20054) HM
This statue honoring Sequoyah. The Cherokee genius who invented the Cherokee Alphabet. was sculpted from a single great California Sequoia (Redwood) Log which was donated and shipped by Georgia-Pacific.
This is sculptor Peter wolf Toth's 63rd . . . — — Map (db m19736) HM
You are standing alongside the Appalachian Trail, one of the longest continuous footpaths in the world. The trail winds more than 2,150 miles through 14 states. Few stretches are more remote or difficult than the section through the Great Smokies. . . . — — Map (db m20064) HM
The Great Smokies: scenic, diverse, culturally rich.
The scenic view here are well known; lesser known is the abundance of life. The Smokies' rugged topography creates a diversity of species found in few other places in North . . . — — Map (db m20066) HM
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest mountain in Great Smokey Mountains National Park and is one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States.
An observation tower at the summit takes you above the treetops for a panoramic view. . . . — — Map (db m43856) HM
In 1838, the United States government deported more than 16,000 Cherokee Indian people from their homelands in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia, and sent them to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Thousands of Cherokees perished during . . . — — Map (db m73923) HM
In front of you is a very special place - part of the park's "backcountry," a place without roads, wires, houses...
Here you - or your children, or theirs - may walk for days, largely free of the sights, sounds, and smells of the everyday world. . . . — — Map (db m20049) HM