The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Tennessee’s biggest landmark, attracting more than 9 million visitors each year. In fact, this national park has the highest visitation rate of any of the 59 national parks found in the U.S.
The Smoky Mountains are well-known for their majestic appeal, their flock of tourist attractions, their unique culture, and their country charm. What you might not realize about the Smokies is that they are also full of history. They have a rich cultural background that played a large part in shaping the area into what it is today, and you can find that history all over Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas.
The most visited national park in America, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park brings in millions of visitors each year. The park, covering a staggering 521,085.66 acres (244,741.78 in Tennessee), is home to historic sites, scenery not found anywhere else, and a rich and diverse collection of wildlife. More than 800 miles of trails wind throughout the park, and more than 400,000 hikers visit annually. Of those more than 800 miles of trails, 70 miles are part of the Appalachian Trail. There are also 342 structured maintained within the park, with 78 historic structures in five historic districts. Elevations in the park range from about 875 feet (the mouth of Abrams Creek) to 6,643 feet (Clingmans Dome). There are also more than 2,000 miles of streams. All of this is to say nothing of the diversity of flora and fauna, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park named the Salamander Capital of the World!
There are dozens of fun and interesting facts about Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. From unique beginnings to famous residents, there are stories behind every piece of trivia below. Have you ever wondered what causes the Smoky Mountain mist or why Tennessee is called the Volunteer State? Read below to find out!
There are lots of fun facts and random trivia about Tennessee and Gatlinburg. From our weird Tennessee customs to our friendly Tennessee demeanors, there seem to be stories behind them all. We thought we would put together a fun list of Tennessee facts and trivia for you to peruse before you come to Gatlinburg. They are in no particular order. Hopefully you have as much fun reading the fun Tennessee facts as we had putting them together.