Q: Where is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and how large is it?
A: The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is located over the boarder of Tennessee and North Carolina in the United States of America, and it covers approximately 522,000 acres.
Q: How many different species of animals live in the park?
A: It is estimated that there are between 30,000-80,000 species living in the park, with over 17,000 species that have been documented in the park.
Q: Is there a fee for coming to the park?
A: The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is one of the few national parks that have no entrance fee. However if you are interested in overnight camping, pavilion rental, or making reservations there may be a small fee.
Q: What kind of weather can I expect when I visit this park?
A: As the park is a temperate forest one can expect warmer, but not excessively hot, temperatures in the summer as well as cooler, yet still not excessively cold, temperatures in the winter. The temperature also changes based on the elevation of the area one is visiting. In low elevations it will not get too cold, but in the higher elevations one can expect colder temperatures, with chances of snow in the winter.
Q: What elevations are in the park?
A: The elevation of the park ranges from 875 feet to 6,643 feet. There are 16 mountain peaks taller than 6,000 feet.
Q: How many people visit the park in a year?
A: In 2010 the park had over 9.4 million recreational visitors. It is the most visited national park out of the 58 in the United States.
Q: Are there camp sites available to the public?
A: There are multiple camp sites that the public can use for a small fee. There are camp sites for campers using tents and RVs as well as camp sites for large groups that can be reserved.
Q: How long have people inhabited the park?
A: The Park has been home to humans for thousands of years. The first to live in the area were the Paleo Native Americans. However it was not until the 20th century when humans began to have an effect on the area.
Q: How many dangerous animals live in the park?
A: There are multiple “dangerous” animals that live in the park notably the black bears and the wolves. However as long as one doesn't interfere with them and takes caution when these animals are present they will not pose a threat.
Q: Are pets allowed in the park?
A: Pets are allowed in campgrounds, parking areas, along roads, and on the two short walking paths. They must be kept on a leash less than 6 feet long at all times.
Q: Is fishing allowed in the park?
A: Fishing is allowed in most of the steams throughout the park. However certain regulations set by Tennessee and North Carolina as well as the park must be followed.
Q: Is there horse back riding available in the park?
A: Yes. Horseback riding by the hour is available from March to November. Those that have a horse themselves can bring them to the park and hold them in specific holding areas for the duration of their trip.