Great Smoky National Park

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The Great Smoky Mountain National Park Apr 18, 2008
The Great Smoky Mountains Old School No Plan Plan Road Trip runs thru the major mountain range in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, the second ridge line forming a north-south running mountain chain from the Eastern United States and bordering the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Old School left Townsend TN. at first light, a cold & bright day to ride thru the Smoky Mountains or the Smokies, they straddle the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, and are entirely west of the Eastern Continental Divide.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the prominent feature of the mountains. It was established as a national park in the 1930s, and with over 9 million (9,000.001 now that the No Plan Plan Road Trip has gone thru) visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States. The range is also protected as the Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and Cherokee National Forest outside of the park.

The name of the area comes from the natural haze that often hangs over it. As in the neighboring Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, hydrocarbons produced by trees and other local vegetation — as well as higher humidity — produce a bluish cast to the sky, even over short distances. Visibility now is dramatically reduced by smog from both the Southeastern United States and the Midwest.

An Old School bit of advice go early, stop at all the little stop spots, take a ton on pictures & do the speed limit. No tickets & you get to see so much more! Don’t go over the Yellow Line!!
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jennjeff1 says:
Looks like fun...but maybe too close to the parents for me (Maggie Valley off I-40). ~Jeff
Posted on: Apr 18, 2008
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