The Smokey Mountains are a range of mountains in North America. They form a part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. They are sometimes called “Smoky Mountains”, and the name is often shortened to “Smokies”. The mountains are part of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. The park aims to protect and to preserve the beauty of the Smokies. The park was established in 1934, and it is one of the most visited national parks in the United States.
The Great Smokey Mountains is located in the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, in the U.S. The highest peak, in this range of mountains, is the Clingmans Dome, with an elevation of 6,643 feet. The Smokies are part of the International Biosphere Reserve. The mountain range covers about 187,000 acres of forest, which is home to a number of animal and plant species. Black bears and salamanders are among the many types of animals that can be found in the Smokey Mountains. There are about 240 species of exotic birds, 65 species of mammals, 43 species of rare and common amphibians and 62 species of fish.
Many tourists enjoy going to the hiking trails in the Smokies. They can also engage in other activities during their trip; camping, fishing, and mountain climbing are the exciting recreations that the tourists will enjoy. The best time of the year to visit the Smokies is during the summer when the climate is just right for anyone to enjoy the different activities in the mountains. Moreover, the winter season can be extremely cold, which is why traveling in the Smokies is ideal during the summer and not in the winter.