Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Allow me to go back in time and post about the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It has been weeks since we visited the park when we were in North Carolina but I neglected to post about it.

I was surprised to learn that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park. In fact, it isn’t even close. It has double the amount of visitors of the second most visited national park, Grand Canyon National Park.

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The park is huge and there are several entrances. We entered the park near Cherokee, North Carolina. There was a great visitor center there with a bunch of old farm buildings that gave a feel of how the European Settlers lived.

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While we were touring the buildings, there were  big fences around the vegetable gardens and fruit trees. I asked the rangers and they said that the fences were built that way to keep the elk and other animals out of the garden.

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We were able to go on  nice hike by the river and we even found time to skip some rocks. One of our favorite pastimes.

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We came across a bunch of elk on the hike. It is always so wondrous to see wild animals in there natural habitat. It was the highlight of our trip to the park.

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We didn’t get to spend as much time as we should in the park. I hope to be able to go back some day and spend more time there.

~Michael~

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