Friday, November 20, 2015

National Lands: Tennessee (Part 1)

English: The Big South Fork of the Cumberland ...
English: The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott, Fentress, and Pickett Counties of Tennessee and McCreary County, Kentucky, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located on the eastern border of Tennessee. The park also extends into North Carolina. Interstate 40 hugs the eastern edge of the park. Interstate 40 is to the north and Interstate 75 is to the west which makes this park very convenient to visit. The beautiful plant life and the picturesque mountains draw many travelers each year. In fact, this is the nation's most visited national park. Biking, fishing, hiking and horseback riding are just a few of the myriad of available activities.

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is located in Oneida and extends into Kentucky. The park straddles the northern border of the state with Interstate 75 to the east. Hiking trails, horse trails and whitewater rafting are available at this park. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs through fourteen states at a length of 2,185 miles. The trail travels through the eastern edge of the state with Interstate 40 as the closest interstate.

Main Entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains Nat...
Main Entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from Gatlinburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is 330 miles long and extends over four states. The trail is located in the northeastern corner of the state. Interstate 81 is to the north and Interstate 26 is to the west. To commemorate the relocation of the Cherokee people to a new homeland is the Trail Of Tears Nation Historic Trail. The trail covers nine states and cuts through the state on a diagonal from southeast to northwest from east of Chattanooga through Nashville to east of Clarksville. Interstate 24 is closest interstate to the trail.

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