I have been curious about this destination for a few years.
A student pilot in my town 13 years my senior is working on his private pilot license. I invited him to our EAA meeting and after the meeting he expressed he would like to fly over the Smoky Mountains. I thought I would try to help fuel the fire to keep him studying to get his ticket.
Mountain Air might actually be considered the Appalachian Mountains but we flew over some of the smokies to get there...
This Airport / resort / Golf Course / Country Club is at 4500msl. 2900ft runway cut out of the top of a mountain.
I am disappointed in myself for forgetting to tell my passenger to video the approach. It was spectacular. I was focused on being on my game and just forgot. Here are a couple video angles of the departure. This was a bucket list airport for me and one of the most breath taking approaches i have done. You must get permission to land because it is private but it is well worth the trip...