The Forests of Southern Appalachia
In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A Naturalist’s Guide to Understanding and Identifying Southern Appalachian Forest Types.
Maps featured in the book “The Forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park” are black and white in the book. This website offers the same maps in full color version.
GSMNP Official Map
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park official map is used as the base map for the two overlay maps in this book with permission from the Great Smoky Mountains Foundation.
Most of the land in GSMNP and the rest of the southern Appalachians ranges between about 1500 feet and 6500 feet. Ecologists divide this range into the following three mountain
- Low elevation zone (1500 feet to 2500 feet)
- Middle elevation zone (2500 feet to 4500 feet)
- High elevation zone (4500 feet to 6500 + feet)
This map shows the three elevation zones in the Park.
The elevation zone boundaries do not mark abrupt climate changes, but rather transition areas where progressively cooler and moister conditions eventually bring about significant changes in forest makeup.
The Forest Finder
Disturbance Based Forest Groups