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What to Pack for a Great Smoky Mountains Park Vacation

You are headed to Great Smoky National Park, the nation’s most visited park. Bordering North Carolina and Tennessee, you will find yourself surrounded by rolling hills, forests, wildlife and cultural relics. How do you pack for your Great Smoky adventure? Here are the top 13 items to bring to the park.

See the full list by Tori Peglar on the Smokey Mountain Park's website here.


May 7, 2022

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