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Blue Ridge Parkway National Park

Map 14

Blue Ridge Parkway National Park - Map 14 copyright map by Alan Eastep

Milepost 451.2 Waterrock Knob Parking Overlook.

Visitor Information Center, Comfort Station. 4-State view including fine panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains. Trail, with pedestrian overlooks, to the Knob.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Once a part of the Cherokee homeland, the Smokies today are a hiker�s paradise with over 800 miles of trails. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested.

Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies, a forested mountainous area, covers more than a half million acres in North Carolina and Tennessee. These ancient mountains are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life unsurpassed in the National Park Service. The Park also offers a glimpse into the lives of early Southern Appalachian farming families and community lifestyles. Seventy-seven historic structures concentrated in five historic districts include a collection of log cabins, barns, churches, gristmills and various outbuildings.

In addition to its role in preserving the rich natural and historical heritage, the Park is a place for outdoor recreational pursuits. These range from a short stroll in the woods to a more extensive hike in the backcountry. Camping, fishing, picnicking, and horseback riding, or just viewing magnificent scenery are favorite pastimes.

Every season in the Smokies can be the best time to visit: spring wildflowers, summer camping along cool mountain streams, fall foliage, and winter's crisp, blue skies are all reasons to visit.

Ridge upon ridge of endless forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park with over 9 million visitors each year.

Milepost 455.7 - CHEROKEE, NC.

At the southern entrance/exit to Parkway. Home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Museums, cultural and family attractions, motels, campgrounds, restaurants, shops, famous outdoor drama "Unto These Hills" and Harrah's Cherokee Casino. Complete Information at downtown Visitor Center. www.cherokee-nc.com Toll-free (800) 438-1601. 

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