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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park turns 90 on June 15, 2024. Join in the celebration by exploring the history, beauty, and adventures that this iconic park has to offer.

Smoky Mountains

Explore the intriguing history of the Smoky Mountains, from its inception to its official establishment in 1934. Learn how the dreams and efforts of individuals like Ann Davis and Willis Davis played a pivotal role in bringing this park to life. Did you know it covers over 800 square miles across North Carolina and Tennessee. Dive into the vast array of flora and fauna, the ancient peaks, and the vestiges of the unique mountain culture of the Southern Appalachians that contribute to the exceptional charm of the Smokies.

The Story

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the only national park in the United States created using private funds? Generous donations from local landowners and John D. Rockefeller made it possible to protect this natural treasure for future generations to enjoy.

Clingmans Dome

Because of peoples generousity, you can now explore the park’s highlights from the historic grist mills where cornmeal and flour were once ground,to the breathtaking wildflowers that bloom in abundance. Don’t miss the opportunity to stand at Clingmans Dome. At this park’s highest point, you can stand and sing “Happy Birthday Smokies” from over 6,000 feet in the air.

For The Outdoor Enthusiast

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 150 hiking trails and 800 miles of trails to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Keep an eye out for the park’s beloved black bears and other wildlife! “What other wildlife”, you ask? You might be lucky enought to see deer, groundhogs, chipmunks, and a wide variety of bird species. Not sure what hiking trails to visit? Check these out!

Black Bears

As you explore the park, remember the importance of preserving its natural beauty. The National Park Service works to protect the Smokies and has reintroduced species like river otters, elk, and Peregrine Falcons.

If you’re planning a visit, make sure to check out must-see destinations like Cades Cove. From there, you can enjoy stunning views, hike along picturesque trails, and spot wildlife. Take a scenic drive to admire the park’s beauty from the comfort of your car or visit the Skybridge at the Skypark for a unique perspective of the Smokies. For more tips for enjoying the wildlife of The Smokies, check out this blog!

Special Events

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for special events like the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration at Dollywood, where you can enjoy dazzling drone and fireworks displays. And if you’re a fan of the Smokies, be sure to attend the Smoky Mountain Fan Fest in August 2024 for an unforgettable experience.

Dollywood sign

Why not make your stay even more memorable by booking a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Having a cozy base camp to return to after a day of exploring is the perfect way to enhance your trip.

Stay up to date with the latest news and events in the Smoky Mountains region by following our travel tips and recommendations. With so much to see and do, you’ll never run out of exciting adventures in the Smokies.

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The Oaks

Experience a stay in a cabin within the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you’re preparing for your next trip and looking to plan exciting activities in the Smoky Mountains area, we’ve got you covered when it comes to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains. The only downside of our journeys to this region is the overwhelming amount of things to do! From the best bargains to fresh eateries, cabin accommodations, and the latest attractions, there’s always something new to discover in Smoky Mountain exploration.

Need A Travel Guide?

Don’t go about planning your next journey solo. Our team of experts is here to assist you every step of the way! Contact our Reservations department at 800-204-5169 or visit our website to discover the perfect lodge for your family’s excursion to the mountains. Regardless of your party size or financial plan, American Patriot Getaways has a lodge suited for you!

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