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What comes to mind when you imagine the Great Smoky Mountains, home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Is it a mountain range along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina? Might it be the mild winter climate with warm summers and a long growing season? What about the myriad wildflowers found in the Smokies? Perhaps it’s the Cherokee Indians and other Indian tribes that populated the area? Or maybe it’s the vast Appalachian Trail for hiking and exploring the many wonders of the Smokies? Have you ever seen a momma Black Bear with up to 4 cubs strolling along the side of the road in the Smokies? No matter what your thoughts are now, soon give serious thought to Great Smoky Mountains real estate. There are numerous Smoky Mtn cabins for sale and amazing Tennessee mountain property for sale with incredible vistas spread out in full sight with all four seasons showcased for your viewing pleasure.
In 1909, the tourist traffic began in Elkmont, Tennessee. A few short years later, the Wonderland Hotel and the Appalachian Club had been built for those with money to spend their summers in mountain getaways. During the early 1920s, a few of the Appalachian Club members seriously began to think about establishing a national park in the Smokies. Creating the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was more difficult and complicated than other national parks such as Yosemite and Yellowstone because they were already federally owned land while funds had to be raised for land purchases and pull together the efforts for the park between local, state, and federal bodies of government. Despite the many challenges of purchasing thousands of small farms and having to remove whole communities, the Park Commission finished the majority of the land purchases by 1932. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presided over the opening ceremony in 1934 at Newfound Gap. Now, the Smoky Mountain National Park is only national park not to charge a fee at the entrance. The park set a record in 2016 with 11.3 million visitors which was a 5% increase over 2015.
There are a great number of wildflowers that grow profusely in the valleys and mountainsides of the Great Smokies. As you search the Tennessee mountain homes for sale you can will see bee balm, various trilliums, and some hardy orchids. Of the almost 1,000 species of rhododendron there are two native species in the area. If you prefer white or light pink blossoms then the Rosebay rhododendron that blooms in June and July are the ones for you. However, if you prefer purple flowers in May and June around your Smoky Mountain real estate then you will want the Catawba rhododendron growing around your Smoky Mountain chalets. There are also Flame azaleas with their orange to red flowers that bloom around the same time as the Catawabas.
66 species of mammals, more than 240 species of birds, with 60 species of fish and many other creatures call the Great Smoky Mountains home. Along side the many Tennessee mountain cabins for sale, there is the densest Black Bear population east of the Mississippi River. Some of the other mammals in the Smokies encompass the white-tailed deer, the only remaining wild cat species in the range, the bobcat. There have been an occasional sighting of cougars which once flourished in the area. There are two species of fox—the red fox and the gray fox—that are found in the Smokies. Wild turkeys, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, dark-eyed juncos, ruby-throated humming birds, and other small birds are present. Golden eagles and Bald eagles have been observed at all elevations in the Smokies as well as Peregrine falcons and Red-tailed hawks. As you can see, there are all kinds of wildlife that abound near the cabins for sale in the Smokies.
There are many things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains. There is Cade’s Cove where you can enjoy the beauty of Tennessee by taking a slow-paced drive on the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road. You will enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains, meadows covered in a multitude of wildflowers, and I’m sure you will see some sort of wildlife. This secluded valley is one the most visited in the Smokies and was home to a great number of settlers before it became part of the Smoky Mountain National Park. There are many old homesteads still preserved as they were back in the day. If you are a camper, there are many things to do in Cades Cover. Go ahead and spend time searching for homes for sale in Sevier County using Cades Cove as your basecamp.
Not only are there Smoky Mountain homes for sale and Smoky Mountain cabins for sale, you will also discover Sevierville cabins for sale, Sevierville homes for sale, Pigeon Forge homes for sale, cabins for sale in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg homes for sale, and cabins for sale in Gatlinburg TN. All these homes and cabins can be visited from your campsite at Cades Cove.