Great Smoky Mountains National Park has Regrown (And It’s Beautiful!)

A beautiful photo taken from an overlook on Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country and there’s so many reasons why!

Our national park has almost a half-million acres across Tennessee and North Carolina. Of course, one of the reasons we love our park is because it’s absolutely free which means everyone can visit and explore the mountains while they’re on vacation. But another reason we love the Smoky Mountains is because of its beautiful scenery no matter where you are in the park.

New Growth in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

As you know, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently in a period of regrowth. The ecosystem is producing new, grassy green areas and the wildflowers are some of the most beautiful we have seen in years!Monarch butterfly on an orange flower in the Smoky Mountains

The great thing about wildflowers in the national park is that they’re found throughout the year – not just in the spring months. Of course, the most wildflowers can be found in the spring and summertime, but there’s actually quite a few things blooming throughout the year. Take a look at our Smoky Mountain wildflower guide so you know when to visit to see particular flowers.

The regrowth happening in the Smokies actually benefits the entire national park. The areas that are growing so quickly are already showing new plants. In turn, this creates new areas for insects and animals to thrive and roam which benefits the plant and animal species throughout the entire park.

Come for a Visit!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open and there are very few roadways/trails that are closed at this time. You can, of course, keep up with any closures by visiting the National Park Service website for Temporary Closures.

Whether you want to go hiking, go on a picnic or take a driving tour to explore historic areas, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with so much to do!

If you want to experience some of this beauty for yourself and see how beautiful the national park is, especially during this period of regrowth, we recommend visiting for the total solar eclipse that’s happening in August! Click here for more details about the eclipse!


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