Facts and stories about the park you never knew 

It's not surprising that an ancient mountain range is cloaked in secrets  

It would take a lifetime to discover all the hidden tales of the mountains 

But here are our favorite little known facts about the Great Smoky Mountains ... 

On any given day, there's more salamanders than people in the park 

It's full of salamanders


Rockefeller gave $5 million to the National Park in honor of his wife 

Rockefeller paid for half the park


Artists helped with public opinion that it was worth saving from logging companies 

Artists helped save the park 


Including the rusty patched bumblebee and the Carolina northern flying squirrel 

It's home to  several endangered species 


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