Being that I just came back from this amazing place, I come to learn that the Coca Cola Company has a contest called America's Favorite Park. The park with the most votes gets a $ 100,000 grant from Coca Cola. It appears many folks don't know about this contest since a state park in Minnesota seems to be out polling all of the other national parks including the Smokies, which given the fact that the Smoky Mountain NP is the most visited park in the United States (and has no entrance fees), one would think the Smokies would be up there. The contest runs out on 8/31 and you can vote as many times as you want. Please get out the vote and pass the word to vote for the Smokies, which truly is America's Park and is clearly America's Favorite Park by the numbers alone.
The website for the contest is: http://www.livepositively.com/