Photo by @GerdLudwig. In 1930, Great Smoky Mountains National Park became one of the largest protected areas of the eastern United States. Spanning the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, it encompasses 814 square miles of lush landscapes (more tree species than in all of northern Europe), abundant wildlife (65 mammal and 230 bird species), and spectacular scenic beauty. It has become America’s most visited national park, attracting more than 9 million visitors annually. Blooming Dandelions line the roads at the upper elevations near Clingman’s Dome, despite the foggy weather.
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