Created 10-Dec-16
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 816 square miles of TN and NC and is the most visited US national park. For most visitors, Gatlinburg, TN is the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. After months of drought in the area, two teenage boys, 15 and 17, threw lit matches on the ground that started the devastating Gatlinburg wildfires. Fourteen lives were lost in the fires, more than 17,000 acres burned, and 2,000 structures were damaged or destroyed. Downtown Gatlinburg was on fire and access to the area was limited to firefighters and emergency crews for days.
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Parkway Welcome Sign

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