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We take RV trips around the country and like to hit all of the National Parks so have seen quite a few. On this year's RV trip we just happened to be swinging through Tennessee in October so checked out the Great Smoky Mountain National...More
It’s a nice drive up and down the mountain, the pull offs at various looks out are beautiful and memorable. There is also wildlife along the road side to view and snap photos, we saw bears and elk. When we got to the top it...More
Honesty can't understand why people rate it low and say it was too crowded. If a place is popular, it is going to be crowded. If you don't like crowds stay home. My visit list October of this year, but I live here.
We had so looked forward to driving the Cades Cove loop. Never had we seen it so crowded. We expected delay's but nothing like we ran into this trip.
Normally we would expect the 11 miles to take about 2 hours. It was a 3+...More
You're certain to see a black bear when traveling to this national park. We saw 3 on this trip. Cade's Cove is almost a sure thing. There is also a short motor trail you can take. Both are beautiful drives. Get out and see the...More
We did not realize how popular this area was. I had never been this time of year. We hiked 6 miles, and experienced the glorious tranquility of the forest. I guess there's enough for everyone! We only ran into a few people.
While visiting Gatlinburg we went on several day hikes an easy one from Gatlinburg to the Visitors Center and another not so easy up to Laurel Falls. You can pick up maps at the visitor center or at The Nantahala Outdoor Center.
Park staff could have alerted visitors when there was no where to park at Clingman’s Dome. Instead an hour was wasted heading up the long road only to discover an absolute parking nightmare. Otherwise the visit was fairly pleasant as the leaves were turning color....More
We were there just as the color was beginning. It was still lovely. We came by a number of scenic outlooks that were really worth using. Great views. At the dome there were so many tourists there was a LONG line waiting for a chance...More
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Take the Blueridge Parkway from Asheville to Cherokee, and spending time around Cherokee or Bryson City visiting Deep Creek if you like hiking. Then cross the park on 441 visiting Clingman’s Dome crossing to Gatlinburg. I... More
Take the Blueridge Parkway from Asheville to Cherokee, and spending time around Cherokee or Bryson City visiting Deep Creek if you like hiking. Then cross the park on 441 visiting Clingman’s Dome crossing to Gatlinburg. I would also head towards Townsend and visit Cades Cove if you feel you will have time. This allows you to see the water features, mountains, and wildlife the park has to offer.