Smoky Mountains Take Visitors Back in Time

Colorful Smoky Mountains in fallThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in parts of North Carolina and Tennessee. It is well-known as one of the most beautiful locations in the United States, but many don’t know that the park also has a rich history.

Most of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians, but they were forced to leave the area after the passing of the Indian Removal Act in 1830 by Andrew Jackson. Cades Cove was one of the first areas to be settled with pioneer families.

The new settlers began logging most of the trees in the area, and they had even built a railroad line to ship their new product to other parts of the country by the late 1800s. The destruction of the land by the new settlers angered all of the local residents, and they started to band together to put a stop to the logging.

Horace Kephart, along with local residents and the United States government worked together to turn the area into a national park in order to stop the destruction of the beautiful land. Their efforts were eventually rewarded when the area was officially named a national park in 1934.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was officially designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It would also become a Biosphere Reserve five years later.

Thanks to the efforts of people nearly 100 years ago, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Attracting over 9 million visitors each year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a popular area for hiking and enjoying the scenic mountain views.

To make the most of your Smoky Mountain experience, book a cabin with Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals. We offer a variety of secluded cabins, so visitors can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views. To book your stay, give us a call at (800) 266-1066 to speak with one of our friendly reservationists.

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Emily Arnwine is a writer, editor and blogger who enjoys sharing her love of the Smoky Mountains with others. She’s a storyteller, striving to tell the world everything there is to know about the Smokies. In her spare time, she can be found reading books, flipping through fashion magazines or visiting local ice cream parlors. To read her latest vacation tips, you can click the Google+ follow button.