|In the Heart of the Smokies
|The photos on this page were taken in the Great Smoky Mountains, which rise on
either side of the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The range is home to the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park and takes its name from the heavy fog that often
hangs over it. The park was dedicated in 1940 and is the most visited national park
in America, hosting over nine million visitors a year. In addition to containing the
largest old growth forest east of the Mississippi River, it boasts the largest black bear
population in the eastern U.S. The park includes five districts on the National Register
of Historic Places and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic
Appalachian Trail runs through the park and the park service maintains nearly a hundred
structures which were part of the Appalachian communities that once dotted the landscape.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern U.S.
|The Walker Family's Mountain Home
|Walker family homestead, built in the mid-1800's.
|Louisa, Hettie, Martha & Margaret Walker, 1946