Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most pristine natural areas in the eastern United States. Breathtaking mountain scenery, rushing mountain streams, and mature hardwood forests that stretch to the horizon are protected for you and . . . — — Map (db m63440) HM
As the story goes..."a party of hunters come up from Knoxville an' kilt 'em a load o' bear an' drug ‘em down to the head o' the creek an' skinned ‘em. They tuk the meat but lef' the skins 'till they could come back atter 'em. Folk begun to talk . . . — — Map (db m19386) HM
Can you imagine smoke wafting from the chimney-like formations on this ridge? Nearly vertical holes in the tops of these jutting rocks make them look like natural chimney flues, and mountain people named them so—Chimney Tops. The Cherokees . . . — — Map (db m71926)
This popular trail climbs to the unique summit formations the Cherokees called "Duniskwalguni," meaning forked antlers.
Mountain people thought the twin pinnacles of quartzite and slate resembled the tops of chimneys breaking through the trees. . . . — — Map (db m20069) HM
The trail ascends gradually for 1⅓ miles to Laurel Falls. It is an easy and delightful walk through a forest which was logged and ravaged by wildfire long before the park was established in 1934. For these reasons, big trees are scarce. With . . . — — Map (db m105287) HM
More precipitation falls in the Great Smoky Mountains than anywhere else in the eastern United States. The yearly average is about 890 billion gallons - over 60 inches. Forty-four percent of it is absorbed by the atmosphere and the luxuriant blanket . . . — — Map (db m20067) HM
This cabin is the first house built in what is now Gatlinburg. About 1802, William Ogle selected a building site near here, in what he called "The Land of Paradise." Ogle cut and hewed the logs for the house then returned to South Carolina to bring . . . — — Map (db m19389) HM
With axe, plow, and gun, the first settlers changed the mountains, cutting into forests that were centuries old.
They called this place "Junglebrook" after the dense growths of rhododendron and magnolia that bordered the streams.
Between 1883 and . . . — — Map (db m20419) HM
Between 400 and 600 black bears live in the park, and you could see one almost anywhere. Most bears stay in the backcountry where they feed on grass, leaves, and acorns, fruits, berries, rodents, and carrion. Only a few visit roadsides and developed . . . — — Map (db m99830) HM
These twin summits of quartzite and hard slate are familiar landmarks. The peak on the right has a hole like a flue. Mountain people thought these formations looked like chimneys rising above the trees. Mountain laurel, rhododendron, blueberry, and . . . — — Map (db m20070) HM
It would be difficult to find a better place to imagine mountain life than this. Picture yourself growing up here as one of Ephraim and Minerva Bales' nine children. Look around. This was your world. Imagine yourself and 10 others living in this . . . — — Map (db m20423) HM
This archway is built from bricks made by the slaves of William Rober McCroskey in 1842. They are believed to be the oldest bricks in this area having been used in the first brick building erected in Sevier County. The slate roof came from the . . . — — Map (db m70486) HM