NC General Assembly establishes the North Carolina Park Commission with the authority to acquire land for a national park.
Secretary of the Interior appoints the Southern Appalachian National Park Commission to look at various NC sites for a park.
Congress, with the approval of President Coolidge, passes a bill to allow surveyors to establish park borders.
Funds for acquiring land amount to 5 million dollars, two from each state and one million in donations pledged by citizens. Over 4,500 school children donated pennies to raise $1,000 toward the effort.
NC legislature allocates 2 million in taxpayer dollars toward a park. Tennessee quickly follows suit.
Rockefeller foundation pledges an additional 5 million, giving the effort the rest of the funds needed to complete the purchases of land.
NC Highway Commission begins surveying a route up the Oconaluftee River to Newfound Gap.
Stock market crashes, plunging the U.S. economy into the Great Depression.
Suncrest Lumber Company sues North Carolina, challenging the Commission's right to acquire land, losing at the Supreme Court.