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Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Nashville, TN

Smoky Mountain travelers will enjoy a plethora of great hiking and camping opportunities at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

They can travel from one side of the park to the other taking in the lush atmosphere of trees, plant growth and wildlife. Public transportation is limited, but it comes near the area and there is a small trolley service and travels from Gatlinburg. Visitors can drop by with the available airport in Alcoa, approximately 45 miles west of Gatlinburg.

There is no entry fee in the park, which is part of the original mandate and charter provided at the park's origin. The regular functions of the park are financed by small fees at each of the campgrounds and programs that are provided by the park's volunteers and Park Rangers. There is one existing lodging shelter in the area that can be found by way of the LeConte Lodge.

There are many great hiking trails for the hiker's pleasure, and each of them have a unique twist to provide the maximum adventure. There are trails including the Hiking Trails of the Smokies, Strangers in High Places, Our Southern Highlanders, North Carolina Hiking Trails, Natural Wonders of Tennessee, Trees of the Smokies, and Trail By Trail: Backpacking in the Smoky Mountains. Other opportune trails include Smoky Mountain Hiking and Camping, Wilderness Trails of Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest, Day and Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and The Hiking Trails of North Georgia.

Every minute in this national park can be spent gazing at the beauty of the earth.

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