Smoky Mountain Vacations

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Even if you feel that if you've seen one bentwood chair made before your very eyes, you've seen them all, there's still lots to do on Smoky Mountain vacations. Aside from all the touristy stuff which, though fun, is pretty far from nature in all her bounty, there is always the Smoky National Park. This patchwork quilt of meadows and mountain peaks could conceivably offer distraction after distraction for a month of Sundays.

Place of Blue Smoke

The area was once called the Place of Blue Smoke by the native Cherokee, for the purplish haze which seems to emanate from her peaks. The park is home to bears, wolves, deer, and nearly ten million visitors a year. Admission is free, and folks from all walks of life come to spend an afternoon or a fortnight in or near her shelter.

The park is an amateur photographer's dream. The peaks are the highest here in the Appalachian range, and 90 percent of her woodlands are old-growth forest. Even a casual shutterbug can capture beautiful photographs of flora and fauna, and have photo albums full of memories to last a lifetime.

Hiking, birdwatching, camping, and fishing are all permitted in this 100,000 acre wood. You may want to stay in a local cabin, rather than in the park, to have a more relaxing or luxurious vacation. Staying in a cabin (as opposed to a hotel) can keep you connected to nature and electricity.

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