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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site 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 park. It is the most visited national park in the United States. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. It encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq. mi; 211,415.47 ha; 2,114.15 km2), [1] making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina. It was the first national park whose land and other costs were paid for in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds

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Well I have had my share of health problems throughout my life, I have always survived, recovered to hike another day. I was on one of my daily walks. 3 or 4 miles in a gorgeous setting. I got done was chatting with park ranger and I was feeling great. Got in the Saab roof down, Said bye to my friend the ranger. The next thing I remember was nothing! I had a seizer. The first one ever in my life. Well let me tell you I didn’t know my name where I was, nothing. I guess at some point I had taken my wallet out and dropped it. Thank GOD the Ranger seen the whole thing. I was going slowly she said but the car did stop when it hit a one inch round tree. Both air bags deployed. I was able to get out of car. She was on phone calling the Calvary, Police, fire trucks. As always GOD was on my side that morning before they towed my car she said Stop this is my park and I am going to clean it out first. Laptop, Tablet, cellphone. Little did I know in PA. Towing and storage is unregulated those bastards wanted $400 to tow and $350 a day for storage 350 x 8 days +400 =$3200. Sleaze bags…. Here is my tumor Cancer. So they strapped me in and took me to Reading Trauma Center. The Dr took it out. Now I have to look forward to radiation & Chemo. I will be hiking soon maybe not as radical this summer. That was scary not knowing who I was or where I was  


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Can’t make it to Scotland or Switzerland anytime soon to hike those spectacular high mountain meadows? Well right here in the Old Dominion we have the next best thing! Every hiker in the mid-Atlantic should hike Cold Mountain at least once. The 360° Meadowview’s from the saddle are are some of the best on the east coast.

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Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty.

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