Appalachian Mountain Area
The Appalachian Mountains extend across the Eastern United States, but the Great Smoky Mountains meander along the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
This old growth forest area is home to some of the most diverse plants and animals in the world. The Blue Ridge Parkway takes its visitors on a scenic drive through some of the most beautiful peaks and valleys.
A destination throughout the year, the area features warm-weather activities including fishing and hiking. Autumn brings leaf season and bright displays of fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Cold-weather activities include snow sports. Towns host a wide variety of festivals and celebrations of local harvests, customs and folk traditions.