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English Composition 1 Section 1 9/28/10 Compare/Contrast Essay
National Parks in the Southeast
The park was first established in 1934. Within the park.000 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina. trail. The Appalachian Trail brings many visitors through both parks each year. The rocks in Shenandoah have been determined by geologists to be among the oldest in the world.500 black bears that roam in the park. Elk have also been reintroduced into the area. annual visitor quotas. There are 1. Both are set in the Appalachian Mountain range. 800 miles of trails explore the ridges and valleys that are home to a significant amount of different plant and tree species. Elk can be seen frequently alongside the road that goes Of the 800 miles of . but land acquisition continued in the following years until President Roosevelt officially dedicated the park in 1940. Shenandoah is also host of 100 miles of the 2. each has its own story and own individual characteristics that make each park unique. 500 miles of trail can take visitors on a tour of these granite mountains. and outdoor attractions. Shenandoah and the Smokies differ greatly in many ways. Although these two treasures are relatively to each other in distance. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park consists of 520. In Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shenandoah National Park is roughly 200. which give the parks geologic and cultural historic value. ten million people visit in a single year. 72 miles belong to the Appalachian Trail.159 mile long Appalachian Trail.000 acres of land in Virginia that was fully established in 1935. One reason so many people visit the Great Smoky Mountains is because of the abundance of wildlife.Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks are the two most popular national parks in the southeastern United States. including size. In comparison.
Skyline Drive is the most popular place in the park. Each park has many outdoor activities and adventures to discover. The section of the Appalachian Trail that traverses the park is ones of the best (and busiest) sections of the entire trail. The hike to Hawksbill Mountain is very popular too. Over fifty species of mammals live in the park. The famous Cades Cove is the main attraction of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. the parks highest mountain peak. . an average of one million people visit per year. It is also the origin of many trails in the park. People go to bike and drive along Skyline Drive to see spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains. Many people ride the eleven mile loop on bicycle. Three to four hundred black bear live in Shenandoah.through the park. People are attracted to Shenandoah for much the same reasons as the Smokies. Another great summer activity in Shenandoah is swimming in the White Oak Canyon. both parks are among the most visited. These can be seen everywhere from the lowest point in the park at 561 feet to the highest point at 4. Backpacking is another popular adventure. The most common mammal seen in Shenandoah is the Virginia white tailed deer. but have many different aspects that make each park an asset to the Southeastern United States. there are resort towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Near the park. Many people go to the park to summit Clingman¶s Dome.643 feet above sea level. These towns bring many people into the park each year. standing at 6. This is significantly less than in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.051 feet on top of Hawksbill Mountain. Overall. There are many things to do in Shenandoah National Park as well. In Shenandoah National Park.