Other Parks in the United States
Another great fact about the Smokies...they're surrounded by other fantastic national and state parks and forests. That means a vast number of intriguing and unique mountains, waterfalls, scenic drives throughout the country, not just the southern appalachian region. We've been fortunate enough to enjoy and experience some of these fine places outside of the Smokies. Here are some other photos of where our travels have taken us.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. Series of trails scale the gorge that bottoms out at Sitton Gulch Creek. Offers fine vistas overlooking the canyon and several waterfalls and cascades.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Located around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Site of well known Civil War battle that took place in early June 1863.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Julian Price Memorial Park
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
Located between Marietta and Kennessaw, Georgia. Kennesaw Mountain has an elevation of 1,808 feet where smaller hills stretch to the south. Approximately 19 miles of trails zigzag the Battlefield.
Mount Mitchell State Park
Located northeast of Asheville, NC just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Home to the highest mountain summit east of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell, as well as numerous neighboring giants consisting of the Black Mountains. The tower at the end of the road affords 360 degree views of endless mountains.
Nantahala National Forest
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Located in and around Washington, D.C. Includes various government buildings with historical significance, memorials, monuments, museums, lakes, rivers, reflecting pools, towers, and much more. No hiking involved, but depending on how much time one has, plan on a lot of walking to see as much as you can. Great to see both during the day and at night.
Pisgah National Forest
Shenandoah National Park
Located in northern Virginia, tightly follows the 105 mile Skyline Drive. The park offers numerous vistas and an assortment of trails, including the Appalachian Trail which paralells and crisscrosses the road often. These mountains hover around or below 4,000 feet in elevation.