Ok, so cherokee was awe inspiring as expected. Although I did get a little teary eyed on the way up the mountain just thinking about all the destruction that has occurred here over the last few hundred years. The Cherokee are a beautiful native people who have lived in the eastern US for 11,000+ years. Prior to the "invasion" they could cure all their illnesses utilizing the flora and fauna around them. They were very close to the land. They have been reduced to living on a 100 sq mile area since the decimation of their people. The govt only gave them that because they thought no one would want this rugged terrain. The Appalachia are the oldest mountains on the earth standing now at only about 6,000 ft above sea level. The deforestation that occurred here during the industrial revolution is appalling. They would cut down every single tree in sight, which led to terrible erosion and elimination of many species/habitats. But the Cherokee stand strong and continue to grow the land. 5 years ago they began hosting a festival of native peoples from north and south america. It is a beautiful thing to see natives from Alaska, Hawaii, and Peru with Cherokee preserving their heritage and uniting for a common goal of returning to earth ways. Hope you enjoy!!