Saturday, July 31, 2010

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On Sunday we made the drive south to Sevierville (pronounced severe ville), Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee and then through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee North Carolina. I then ended up working in the Pigeon Forge area this Friday and I think every person on the East Coast is visiting Eastern Tennessee at this moment! Picture Wisconsin Dells on a much longer and busier scale. The traffic is horrendous....don't even THINK about turning left onto the Dolly Parton Parkway without a traffic light. Hopefully all the tourists are a sign that the economy is picking up?

Old Grist Mill in Pigeon Forge

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beautiful in July but in October I can imagine the views are just breathtaking with the fall colors. It is one of the largest protected areas in the country and the most visited national park in the country. Unfortunately it is also the most polluted national park in the country. The park has over 10,000 species of plants and animals inhabit the park, northern species at the higher elevations of up to 6,600 feet and southern species at the lower elevations. There are black bear in the park and elk were successfully reintroduced in 2001.

In addition to the air pollution problem, the Eastern hemlocks in the park, or the "Redwoods of the East" are under attack from an insect native to Asia, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Without quicker intervention eventually this insect will kill all of the hemlocks in the park, some of them being over 500 years old. It is very sad to stop the vehicle and get out to take pictures only to see a multitude of dead trees on the mountainside. Hopefully something more gets done and gets done quickly.


  1. HI: I'm going to follow your blog now and I'll leave some comments from time to time. Nobody should go without ANY comments. :)

    Found you through Nellie's blog. We fulltime in our RV and have a blog, too.

    Enjoy your weekend! Love Tenn. by the way! Great place.

  2. hey there Lisa..found you also through Nellie..nothing like getting some comments!!we will follow along as that a 'golden tail I see??'..we have one too..his name is Tucker!!! hello from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

  3. Another one that found you through Nellie...We aren't fulltiming but were camping in Pigeon Forge a couple of weeks ago. It is busy this time of year but is worse this year due to the oil on the Gulf Coast. We will be back there in October. The colors are beautiful that time of year. If you stay in Townsend, Tn it isn't as busy. Have fun.

  4. I want to thank all you guys for saying something! LOL...I hope I didn't sound tooooo whiny as that wasn't my intention! But thank you anyway...most of my family and friends are not tech savvy so now I have you!