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Did you know that “The Smokies” are the only FREE National Park in the country?
The GSMNP is the most visited National Park in the country because over 65% of the country can drive here in 10 hours or less!
Stay at Brookside Resort Hotel and make the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – well . . GREAT!
Your stay automatically helps to improve trails, building maintenance and fund educational park projects. These dollars are dedicated to improve the 700 plus miles of trailways, building maintenance as well as support ongoing educational efforts regarding the Park. To learn more about the “Friends” and the National Park click here.
Wherever you go in the Smokies, you can see the results of our collective efforts, but we still have a lot more work to do. Please help us help the Smokies.
Information About The Smokies:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains.
From its inception in 1923, the idea for creating a National Park of the Smoky Mountains area experienced a number of obstacles in the form of finances and politics. Financial, cultural and political issues were overcome to create what is now the most visited National Park in our American Park system.
The National Park Service was interested in forming a park in the east after establishing parks out west. The idea for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park also came from Mr. & Mrs. Willis Davis, a wealthy and influential family in Knoxville, Tennessee. After returning from a visit to western National Parks, they began asking, “why can’t we have a National Park in the Smokies?” From this beginning, other influential citizens including Horace Kephart, George Masa, Colonel David Chapman, Gov. Ben Hooper and many more, began to echo the sentiment. The states of Tennessee and North Carolina, and countless citizens responded by giving millions of dollars to purchase parkland. The federal government was reluctant to buy land for parks; national parks in the West had been formed from land it had already owned. Eventually, it did contribute $2 million. Coupled with John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s donation of $5 million, the NPS reached its goal. On June 15, 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was officially established, preserving the land for generations to come. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the park during his Labor Day speech at Newfound Gap on September 2, 1940 “for the permanent enjoyment of the people.”