State - North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the North Carolina - Tennessee border. Major access points are located 45 miles south of Knoxville, TN, 65 miles east of Asheville, NC, and 160 miles north of Atlanta, GA. It's America's busiest park with over 9 million visits per year. Great Smoky Mountains National Park supports over 17,000 plant and animal species, including 1,600 flowering plants, 100 native trees, and 65 mammals - a list highlighted by the country's most dense black bear population.