After Abraham Lincoln’s initial declaration, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first truly national park in 1872. The national parks in the United States were for public use, resort, and recreation. National parks around the world serve as a refuge for nature and also public tourist areas
Great Smoky Mountains National Park between North Carolina and Tennessee is the most popular national park by number of visits in the US. During 2005 the park had almost 9,200,000 visitors, more than any other US National Park in 2005. The second most popular national park was the Grand Canyon with over 4,000,000 visitors.
The old Southern Appalachian mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have diverse animal and plant life in their temperate deciduous forests. Activities in this popular national park include more than 800 miles of trails for hiking and grounds for picnicking, fishing, and horseback riding.
The United Nations have designated America’s most popular national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as an International Biosphere Reserve.