Gatlinburg has been blessed to sit at the entrance to our nation’s most visited national park. Often noted as on of America’s great treasures, it features over a half-million acres of mountain timber in scenic hills and valleys that millions come to visit year after year and view its beauty from hiking trails, picnic areas by mountain streams, hilltops and scenic drive overlooks. Although the mountains offer these lovely natural vistas to sight-seers, the park is also a wonderful place for visitors of all ages to experience a wide range of activities.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 but its idea was formulated for the Southern Appalachians in the late 1890’s and reached fruition in 1926, when President Calving Coolidge signed a bill that provided for the establishment of both the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its wonderful Biodiversity and natural beauty as well as its central location in the southeastern United States has made it the nation’s most visited National Park.