Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains, which share terrain in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, became a national park in 1934. Known for its abundant and diverse species of flora (much of it old-growth) and fauna (running the gamut from salamanders to black bears), the mountain range is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve; it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 850 miles of trails (including a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail) and numerous waterfalls, it's no wonder the Smokies are a favorite destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.