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For centuries, people have been coming to these mountains for two reasons. First, the inspiring beauty of God’s creation. The peaks and vistas of Mount LeConte are obvious but the coves and meadows here in our mountains make a haven for wildlife and explorer alike. Sunrises and sunsets appear to emanate and descend into the ground itself. Purity and sustenance are bountiful.
Then there are the people. Understanding our connection to the land is necessary to understand the people of the Smoky Mountains. No one leaves here unchanged. We like to think it is a change for the better.
Some of us planted roots here and now like a great cruise ship welcome people aboard week in and week out. Though we may fuss about traffic on occasion, we know that people come to our area because they love the way the mountains make you feel. Whether it is serene next to a mountain stream or excited enough to get up and dance to blazing fiddle, these mountains make you want to shout and sing.
They make you want to try something new and different. I suppose I can’t explain how it might make you feel, but my guess is you’ll like it enough to come back. Whether you are here for the mountains, music, people or fun. You’ll find it in these mountains.
I’m so glad you are here. Thank you for visiting our mountains and our people.
We’ve included some of the best videos from the Smoky Mountain region; we hope you enjoy!