Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Americas #1 Park and home to the majestic Eastern Elk. Located just minutes from Avalon in the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. The Park features some of the highest mountains in the East, the Smokies boast 12 peaks at 6000’ or higher. The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains on earth – they date back a billion years and their unusual geography creates one of the most biodiverse regions on earth – an island in time. Back in the early in the 20th century, America realized that unless land was set aside for future generations to enjoy, there would be no virgin forest left and nowhere for wild animals to flourish. In 2001, wild Elk were reintroduced to the Smokies.
Today, elk calves bound in the fields and antlered bulls bugle into the night. America’s most majestic herd animal roams the mountain range next to Avalon. Come see for yourself. Many of the park’s most interesting geological features are also favorite destinations for hikers. Smoky Mountain trails will usually take you along, over and through one stream or another. The water in park streams is some of the purest in America. The Great Smoky Mountains truly are the Range of Life.