Tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains, Snowbird Mountain Lodge provides the perfect atmosphere to take in the beauty of the night’s sky.

In 1968, Norman Simpson who wrote Country Inns and Backroads, sat on the front porch of Snowbird Mountain Lodge and marveled that he could only see one light. While some things have changed, in 2020, with all the growth that has happened all over the world, we are pleased to report that we have grown, now you can see five lights. 

But the night sky, because of our dark skies initiative remains as brilliant as ever. 

The Dark Skies Initiative is an effort to stop light pollution and protect the night skies for present and future generations. 

Did you know in the United States and Europe 99 percent of the public can’t experience a natural night?

According to the 2016 groundbreaking “World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness,” 80 percent of the world’s population lives under skyglow. 

Snowbird’s outdoor lights have been replaced to shine down in order to not take away from stars that shine upon us. 

Forget about Netflix. Here on the mountain, we are committed to protecting our sky and hope you will sit back, look up, and binge-watch the stars with us.

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