Cataloochee is one of those places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that takes a little extra effort to get there, but once you do for the first time it is a place that you will return to again and again.
Like Cades Cove in Tennessee, Cataloochee in North Carolina offers wildlife viewing opportunities combine with the relics of recent anthropology of human settlers in the area. Although many structures were razed at the time the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, some were preserved as a testament to the people that once called this valley home. Continue reading →
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not always public land. Unlike the majority of other national parks that were established on lands already owned by the federal or state governments, what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a collection of privately owned parcels. Some of these parcels were huge tracts owned by timber and mining companies. Others were small self-sustaining farms and orchards. Still others were small lots with vacation, hunting and fishing cabins. Continue reading →