Shaconage: Land of Blue Smoke


The Great Smoky Mountains are the oldest in the world, formed 200 to 300 million years ago. The Cherokee, whose heritage in the region spans millennia, believed the mountains were sacred. They called them—Shaconage—“Land of the Blue Smoke.” You don’t have to visit long to understand why.

The mountains’ misty blue vistas, lush forests, whispering creeks and abundant wildlife speak to the power of the wilderness to nourish our hearts and minds. Earth, air and water come together in dramatic form to support life in its many expressions.

We invite you to take a moment—to decelerate, breathe and take it down a notch—while we transport you into the Smokies’ wild, yet peaceful places.