The Cherokee described these mountains as shaconage, meaning “blue, like smoke.” The misty clouds dance around them creating an ever changing landscape. The park is home to more tree species than in northern Europe, 1,500 flowering plants, dozens of native fish, and over 200 species of birds and 60 of mammals. A richness of biological diversity and cultures. This post is displaying landscapes. Soon will follow a post about the people and history of this area.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is made up of 522,427 acres that straddle the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. We entered from the northern area and these pictures are from Cades Cove and the road to Newfound Gap. Enjoy!