Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Smoky Mountains National Park is a United
States National Park that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky
Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the
larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and
North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the
What do you know about the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park? Try this Quick National Parks Quiz.
1) Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most
visited national park in the United States.
2) An experimental program to reintroduce elk to
the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were
eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of
habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include
river otters and barn owls.
3) A branch of the Iroquois nation, can trace
their history in this region back more than a thousand years. Originally
their society was based on hunting, trading, and agriculture. Who was
4) Though Congress had authorized the park in
1926, there was no nucleus of federally-owned land around which to build
a park. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. contributed $5 million, the U.S.
government added $2 million, and private citizens from Tennessee and
North Carolina pitched in to assemble the land for the park, piece by
piece. When was the park officially established?
- June 15, 1934
- June 15, 1938
- June 15, 1940
5) Elevations in the park range from 876 feet at
the mouth of Abrams Creek. The highest point is Clingmans Dome? What is
- 5,548 feet
- 6,643 feet
- 8,686 feet
6) The park has a noteworthy black bear
population. What is the estimated population of black bears?
7) It is an isolated valley located in the
Tennessee section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The valley was
home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park.
Today it is the single most popular destination for visitors to the
park, attracting over two million visitors a year, due to its well
preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant display of
wildlife. What is the location?
- Pigeon Forge
- Cades Cove
- Hunter Mountain
8) Newfound Gap (el. 5048 ft.) is a mountain pass
located near the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It
is the site of Roosevelt Memorial, a popular destination within the
national park and the site from where former U.S. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt formally dedicated the park on September 2, 1940.
9) It is a former schoolhouse and church in the
ghost town in Sevier County, Tennessee. Located near Gatlinburg in the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it was built in 1882, and was used
as a school and church almost continuously until 1936. What is the name
of the school?
- Gatlinburg School
- Little Greenbrier School
- Potter Henry School
10) There are 850 miles of trails and unpaved
roads in the park for hiking, including seventy miles of the Appalachian
Trail. Mount Le Conte is one of the most frequented destinations in the
park. Its elevation is 6,593 feet � the third highest summit in the
park and, measured from its base to its highest peak, the tallest
mountain east of the Mississippi River. Its Alum Cave Trail, which is
the most heavily used of the five paths en route to the summit, provides
many scenic overlooks and unique natural attractions such as Alum Cave
Bluffs and Arch Rock.