A park that today covers over 500,000 acres of breath-taking beauty: lush highland meadows glorious waterfalls pristine mountain streams, the highest mountain tops in the Appalachians the largest stands of old-growth forest in the eastern United States. Great Smoky Mountain National Park rests in the geographic province known as the Blue Ridge Mountains, named for their distinctive blue appearance when seen from a distance. The park covers over 500,000 acres of breath-taking beauty, filled with lush highland meadows, glorious waterfalls, pristine mountain streams, the highest mountain tops in the Appalachians, and to crown it all, it encompasses one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. Discover the mystery and wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains through in-depth interviews with park rangers. Witness the richness and wonder in this vivid exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains as you soar over hundreds of acres of majestic beauty.