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The Great Smoky Mountains of the eastern U.S. More than 4,000 species of plants grow in this national park. A walk from mountain base to peak compares with traveling 1,250 miles north. Several resident plants and animals live only in the Smokies.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park also signals rich cultural history. From the Cherokee Indians, to the Scotch-Irish settlers, this land was home to a variety of cultures and people. Many historic structures remain standing. Subsistence turned to exploitation as logging concerns stripped the region of timber. Recovery is now the dominant theme.

Nine million people visit this International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site per year.

from the U.S. national park service


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