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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a huge national park stretching across the states of Tennessee and North Carolina. Covering an area of 200,000 hectares, it is an area of exceptional beauty, and one of the largest protected areas in eastern United States.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains. It also covers parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a large part of the Appalachian Mountain. The park was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1934 and dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940.

Within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are sixteen peaks over 6,000 feet (1,829 meters), of which the tallest is Clingmans Dome, at 6,643 ft (2,025 m). It is home to 200 species of birds, 66 species of mammals, 50 species of fish, 39 species of reptiles and 43 species of amphibians. There are also almost as many species of trees in the national park as in the whole of Europe.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Florence, Italy, on 5 - 9 December, 1983.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 35 35 35 W 83 26 8 in Cocke, Blount and Sevier counties, Tennessee, and Swain and Haywood counties, North Carolina
Inscription Year: 1983
Type: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII, IX, X


Cosby Creek, Cocke County, Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains
Cosby Creek, Cocke County, Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains
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