national park, in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles
of which 95 percent are forested. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal
resources, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern
Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of the wilderness sanctuary
within its boundaries, it is one of the largest protected areas in the east.
Blue Ridge Parkway,
Ashville, NC - The
Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile recreational motor road that protects the cultural and
natural features of the Blue Ridge while connecting Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains
National Parks. Designed as a "scenic drive", the Parkway provides both stunning
scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the mountains.
Appalachian Outdoors ...
Rafting, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking and Camping. Owned and
operated by Robert and Amanda Ogle. Combined, the Ogles have been paddling America's
rivers for 16 years. More importantly they continue to pass on a love of whitewater
rafting and the outdoors to all they meet.
Hiking in the SmokiesEnjoy guided llama trekking through the
Great Smoky Mountains without carrying a backpack! Let a gentle and well
trained Llama Trekking Team do all the work as you enjoy a safe,
authentic and rewarding wilderness hiking experience.
is an interactive website for
Appalachian Trail Thru-hikers. The Appalachian Trail, is the premier hiking trail in
the US, a continental-scale wilderness pathway set aside for recreational foot travel
Sugarlands Visitor Center
The Sugarlands Visitor Center is two miles south of Gatlinburg, TN on Newfound Gap Road
(US Route 441). It is open daily from 8:00am - 4:30pm except for Christmas Day. Hours are
extended during busy seasons.
The visitor center facilities include native flower gardens, a museum, an eleven minute
audio-visual program, bookstore, park information, and live programming. In spring,
summer, and fall Ranger-led programs provide a special look at the Great Smokies.