ALZ Expeditions


Smoky Mountain National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park: A pristine wilderness of misty peaks and rich history in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

Nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains, this national park boasts a storied past. The Cherokee people, who inhabited the region for centuries, called the area “Shaconage,” meaning “place of the blue smoke.” Their history is deeply intertwined with the park’s development.

When the park was established, it became a testament to conservation efforts, protecting the pristine ecosystems and a haven for black bears, white-tailed deer, and a rich variety of plant species. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, acknowledging its biological diversity and cultural significance.

Visitors to the park can explore over 850 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Appalachian Trail, which runs through it. Cades Cove, a lush valley, showcases historic cabins, churches, and barns, offering a glimpse into the pioneer life of the early settlers in the area.

The park also preserves the unique culture of the Southern Appalachians, with events and demonstrations featuring traditional crafts, music, and folklore. The park’s rich history, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes continue to captivate the hearts of millions of visitors every year.

Smoky Mountains National Parks

Sneak Peek of the photos we took during our visit!