We don’t wish to disappoint but you probably won’t find too many chimpanzees or rhinoceros swinging or stomping their way through the Southern Appalachian Mountains, although we’re quite confident you might find some striking semblances among the human population.
We at The Park on Main® – the luxury hotel for humans and pets in Highlands, North Carolina – are, however, pretty sure you’ll get a glimpse of sundry butterflies, beetles, snakes, bog turtles, black bears, peregrine falcons and all sorts of other exotic wildlife while visiting a rainforest.
Southern Appalachia is one of only two in North America. The other, also deemed a temperate rainforest, is in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Puerto Rico has the only tropical rainforest in the United States, according to the National Forest Foundation.
Temperatures in tropical rainforests are generally warm while temperate ones are cool. Tropical rainforests usually have hundreds of species of trees with broad leafs; the average age of trees is 50-100 years. Temperate rainforests have a considerably smaller number of tree species (10-20), but the average age of trees is 500-1,000 years. Tree leaves are usually needles.
Southern Appalachia Is A Temperate Rainforest
Covering the western third of North Carolina, the Southern Appalachian Mountains are part of a larger chain blanketing more than 1,500 miles from central Alabama to Canada, according to The Nature Conservatory.
Southern Appalachia plays a visual symphony of avant-garde extremes. Brazen mountain peaks, flamboyant rock outcrops and roaring waterfalls socialize with glorious wildflowers; fissure caves filled with endangered bats and rare salamanders; and green-deep, dense forests echoing with migrating songbirds who have never missed a rehearsal.
There in the center of Appalachian splendor comfortably rests the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, sauntering along the North Carolina-Tennessee border hand-in-hand with a healthy network of national forests, according to The Wilderness Society.
Nestled quietly and humbly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, almost in strange seclusion, is Highlands, North Carolina, a wonderfully incongruent mix of quaint small-town America and artsy sophistication. Shyly rising to one of the highest elevations (4,118 feet) east of the Mississippi River, 6-square-mile Highlands, North Carolina presents visitors an opportunity to explore nature’s wildest expressions of artful fancy.
Most outdoor wonders are within a half day’s travel of Highlands. Taking adventurers and the 21st century swashbucklers even closer to “wow,” The Park on Main® lays weary sojourners in the lap of luxury at this 24-suite pet-friendly boutique hotel.
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