Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

At almost a 10 million visitors a year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more vistors any other national park. The park spans both the Great Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains which in turn are both part of the larger Appalachian Mountains.The park spans both North Carolina near the city of Cherokee and Tennessee near the city of Gatlinburg spaning over 800 square miles in total. In 1983 the park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many streams that run throughout the park and fishing, hiking, camping, and horseback riding can all be enjoyed by visitors to the park.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Body of Missing Woman Found

Park officials announced last night that search crews found the body of Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, from Cleves, Ohio, after an extensive, week-long search. Clements had been missing from the Clingmans Dome area of the park since Tuesday, September 25. A large-scale search operation was launched, which included trained searchers, canine teams, helicopters, and drones with advanced technology from around 50 local, state, and federal agencies and professional search and rescue groups.

Park Continues Extensive Search for Missing Woman

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have entered the sixth full day of searching for Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, who was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park on Tuesday, September 25. Over the weekend, the search effort intensified with the addition of personnel and specialized equipment from five states. Searchers, canine teams, helicopters, and drones are continuing to work in steep, rugged terrain of the mountainous area that straddles the North Carolina – Tennessee border.

Park Mobilizes Additional Resources in Search for Missing Woman

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials continue to search for Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, who was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park on Tuesday, September 25. Trained personnel from cooperating agencies in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia have responded to assist park staff in a large-scale search effort for the missing woman in steep, rugged terrain.

Missing Person

Great Smoky Mountains National park rangers are searching for a 53-year-old woman from Cleves, Ohio

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photos

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Cascades of the Oconaluftee

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Cascades of the Oconaluftee

Newfound Gap Road (US-441) meanders through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following the contours of several rivers to include this, the Oconaluftee River.

I was fortunate enough to drive through during the middle of the week while most U.S. schools were still in session, limiting the number of other tourists and travelers. This afforded me the opportunity to take in the serenity of nature and take pictures without too many people in the frame.

Part of the Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States with well over 11 million visitors per year and is home to over 10,000 known species of plants and animals. The park also experiences higher levels of precipitation than nearly everywhere in the United States outside the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii and is home to one of the largest areas of deciduous, temperate old growth forest on the continent.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. Beginning of the one way road at Balsam Mountain Picnic area.

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Also known as hobble bush, Flat Laurel Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina.

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Cataloochee Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Like a child anticipating Christmas, this year has had us waiting… waiting… waiting for the leaf peeping season to begin. Combine a very wet summer with a September where the warmth never ended, and it’s like the year that fall never arrived. Enjoy more at Internet Brothers Hiking Logs and Gallery.

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One of millions carpeting the Elijah Oliver Place at Cade’s Cove, Great Smoky Mountains NP.

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One bull approaches another as it grazes at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The herd has seen successful growth since their re-introduction in 2001, with over 200 elk estimated to be in the herd.

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