© Digital Dream Designs The Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains or the Smokey Mountains, and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934, and, with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States. North Carolina has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,684 feet (2,037 m) at Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in the Eastern US. The coastal plains are strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. More than 300 miles (500 km) from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.   Between 2008 and 2009, North Carolina was the eighth-fastest growing state by population in the United States, and the fastest growing state east of the Mississippi River. The Property is located 1.5 hours from Atlanta, and Asheville, it is 1 hour from Cherokee and Harrah's Cherokee casino. There are plenty of things to do around Franklin, 16 waterfalls nearby, a rich in a variety of hiking trails, motorcycle or bicycle the Franklin area is a true cycling paradise, several museums, and tons of shopping. 5 miles from Franklin NC Come to a place where beautiful scenery, hiking, fishing, history and Southern hospitality are a way of life. North Carolina Gem & Mineral lovers will find thousands of specimens on display at the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum. Must sees include the 2.25 pound ruby from one of the local mines. Gems and Minerals Digital Dream Designs