You might be wondering why these mountains were called Smoky. This mountain range is covered by haze due to the hydrocarbons from the trees. The area also has a high level of humidity. The smog from the Midwest and the Southeast further reduce the visibility in the area. This might discourage you at first glance, but as we go on, you will come to discover the Smoky Mountains, what it offers, and how you can enjoy a visit to this National Park. This mountain range has been nicknamed the Smokies because of its haze. I did some research and talked to some people who already went to the Smoky Mountains.
Although I have not been there, the research I did provided me with considerable insight on how we could enjoy a trip to the Smoky Mountains, what to do there, and what necessary precautions that you have to take when you finally decide to take a trip there. Visiting Smoky Mountains You need to plan your visit to the Smokies if you want to make the best of it. Check out the best possible route for you to take and make travel reservations early on. If you go to the website of the Great Smoky Mountains (http://www. nps. gov/grsm/), you will see the directions as well as important information regarding the Smokies.
The entrance fee is for free but you have to spend $14 to $23 if you want to stay there overnight. There are also fees related to other types of activities in the Park. One of the beautiful features of the Smokies is its biological diversity. More than 10,000 species have been documented in the area and there are probably more than 85,000 more. You will see wildflowers there that most of us see only in textbooks. There are bee balm, Dutchmans breeches, Dragons Advocate, orchids and Solomons seal (Nature and Science, n. p. ).
Just like most national parks, though, the ecological system is no longer very healthy because of pollution and environmental degradation. Depending on the season when you go there, you would be amazed at the trees, the vista from above overlooking Tennessee or North Carolina. Right after winter, you would see the color of the trees come alive. While others are covered by frozen fog, the leaves of other trees are very much green and alive. There are more ways to enjoy the Smokies than just watching the mountain peaks and the rivers that run through it.
The website of the National Park Service (http://www. nps. gov/grsm/planyourvisit/things2do. htm, n. p. ) lists several things that you can enjoy doing at the Smokies. For one, you can enjoy the Auto Tour being offered in the park. You can also get a booklet guide for a few bucks. You can also ride your bicycle through the Cades Cove. As you pedal your way through the trail, you also get a panoramic view of the Smokies. If you are with a group of friends, then bring your camping gears and enjoy a night or two of being out in the fields.
While you are camping, you can also bring your fishing gear and head to the streams of the park where fishing is allowed. You can compete with your friends in catching the best and the largest trout in streams of more than 700 miles. You can also choose to hike different trails of the Park. But before doing so, you should make sure that you are in shape. Otherwise, you might harm your muscles in the process. If you get tired hiking, you can ride a horse and drive through the trails made specifically for horses. The Park also has several waterfalls that you can enjoy watching.
Along the way, you will see lots and lots of wildflowers. The Smokies, after all, is also known as the Wildflower National Park. Your wild side may also enjoy looking at white-tailed deer or black bears. Conclusion The Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the heritage sites of the United States that we should be proud of. When you visit the Smokies, you get to enjoy nature and commune with yourself and with nature. There are a lot of activities that you may engage in once you get there. As long as you plan your trip well, anticipate the places you will go, you will enjoy the best of the Smokies.
Even if you are far from Tennessee and North Carolina, the Smokies are worth seeing and spending for. You, your friends and your family can surely enjoy the amazing vista, the wildlife and the environment.
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