“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”
-John Muir, 1901
John Muir is often referred to as the “Father of the National Parks” because his knowledge, passion and ability to inspire appreciation of natural spaces were instrumental in the creation of our National Park System. While he spent the majority of his time in Yosemite, his writings resonate with people who live in many different environments – especially those who love the Smoky Mountains.
The Smoky Mountains are not merely a destination; they are a daily event. From the first moments of the morning light, we are greeted by brilliant, colorful skies and low clouds that slowly lift to reveal the vivid foliage of the mountains. As the day progresses there are hundreds of beautiful discoveries that can be made by those who take the time to seek them out. A quiet walk in the woods, accompanied by birdsong and the sound of rushing water will relax you and may even result in an exciting encounter with wildlife. Coming to the summit of a mountain and taking in the awe-inspiring view can completely change a person’s life. One truth about the mountains is; the more you explore, the more beauty you will discover. From the humble rocks in the streams and wildflowers on the banks to the vibrant colors of the autumn leaves, the Smoky Mountains provide a daily dose of beauty and wonder to all who take the time to look for it.
So, come up and visit us for a while! Take time from being busy and “over-civilized”, as John Muir would say, and take a beauty break in the Smoky Mountains. The weather is cooling down just a bit, which makes everything just that much more enjoyable. Bryson City offers lots of fun things to do year round but late summer is the perfect time to enjoy the area’s most popular activities without having to deal with crowds. So, come take some time out with Watershed Cabin. We will provide the perfect basecamp for all of your late summer adventures!