Just Announced: President Obama Coming to the Smoky Mountains

American flag with the Smoky Mountains in the background

Big Smoky Mountain News Just Announced! This Friday, January 9, 2015, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the vice president’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden will be visiting the Smoky Mountain area.

Although they won’t be spending time in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, they’ll be able to see the beautiful Smokies from their Knoxville-area destination. According to local news station, WATE, he will be visiting Pellissippi State Community College in the Knoxville area to discuss higher education initiatives to help Americans go attend college.

This will be President Obama’s first visit to the Knoxville area since he took office, although he has visited other areas of Tennessee during his time in office.

How Presidents Have Helped the Great Smoky Mountains

Over the course of the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, many United States Presidents were involved in helping craft a successful national park.

Here’s a list of the Presidents who have influenced the national park and what they did to help make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park what it is today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you hear about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is known as being one of the most influential. He is most well-known for dedicating the national park at Newfound Gap, but he was also the president during the final collection of funds for the park.

Calvin CoolidgeRoaring Fork Motor Nature Trail road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It’s thanks to President Coolidge that we have a national park at all! He signed a bill, allowing the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The bill would allow the Department of the Interior to protect the park once all of the land had been purchased.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you travel into the national park, you have President Dwight D. Eisenhower to thank! Eisenhower is responsible for creating a program called Mission 66 that expanded visitor accessibility to the national parks across the entire country. With this initiative, new roads and visitor centers were created to make the visitor experience to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park even better!

Want to learn more about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? You can do so by following this link to read about Presidents Who Influenced the Smoky Mountains.

View of the Smoky Mountains from a rock overlookSee the Smokies from a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg Cabin Rental

With all of the Smoky Mountain news happening, it’s time you take a trip and visit the Smoky Mountains for yourself!

There are many Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rental deals on our website, so you can save money for your trip. All of the cabins are fully equipped with everything you need for an exciting, yet relaxing, vacation. Make sure you take a look for the best cabin rental for your stay.

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  • Gary Mustain

    What a Twit. Knoxville is NOT the Smoky Mountains. Just because you can barely see the Smoky Mountains from parts of Knoxville does not mean he is visiting the Smoky Mountains.