In 2013, Great Smoky Mountains National Park entered into a sister park agreement with Khao Yai National Park, in the Kingdom of Thailand. The agreement provides for cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of both national parks. Learn more about our sister park.
World Heritage Site
In 1983, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was selected as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The designation recognizes the park's "exceptional natural beauty" and its "world importance." Learn more about this special designation.
International Biosphere Reserve
In 1988, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, together with 13 other public agencies, were designated as an international biosphere reserve, known as the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB). The SAMAB is a public/private partnership promoting the environmental health and stewardship of natural, economic, and cultural resources in the South Appalachians. Learn more about this partnership.
Last updated: July 8, 2015