What Makes the Smoky Mountains Smoky?

smokymountiansHave you ever wondered how the Smoky Mountains got their name?  While the name Smoky Mountains comes from the Cherokee name “shaconage”, which means “land of blue smoke”, they don’t actually smoke. The area does not have a significant number of forest fires, either. In fact, the annual rainfall is between 55 and 85 inches per year which technically makes it a rainforest! This, incidentally, is part of the answer to the question: “Why are the Smoky Mountains Smoky?

Here’s your answer: The high levels of moisture in the air resulting from the area’s high rainfall create a dense fog that is especially visible in the morning and after it rains. When the fog lifts, natural ozone production from the area’s many waterfalls plus oxygen production resulting from photosynthesis generates a blue haze that settles over the mountains, giving them their distinctive look.

If you have never visited the Smoky Mountains before, come see them for yourself! Your Watershed cabin will undoubtedly have an amazing view of the Smoky Mountains and you will discover that Bryson City has so much to offer that you will want to come back every year!


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