Tennessee and North Carolina residents banded together in 1934, giving their land to the federal government in return for national park protection. The result was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a tract of over 520,000 acres of land that has become America's most visited national park. Some 9 million visitors arrive annually to stand dwarfed beneath ancient hemlocks, photograph blooming mountain laurels and hike the Appalachian Trail. When you look out onto the horizon, you'll see the magical haze that gives the Great Smoky Mountains their name. … Back to Article
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