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Aug 23, 2018 - Hillbilly Golf

Located on Parkway, Gatlinburg. Ride the incline 300 feet above the city. Play the world’s most unusual miniature golf. Two 18 hole courses with challenging mountaineer hazards. Fun for everyone. Gatlinburg’s wide variety of attractions have visitors coming back, year after year. No matter your age or what you like to do, there’s something for every member of your family in Gatlinburg. Whether you want to hike through the mountains, pitch a tent in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ride the Aerial Tramway or hang out downtown, Gatlinburg...

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Aug 23, 2018 - Anakeesta Visit

MEMORIAL FOREST WALK On November 28, 2016, more than 15,000 acres of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Gatlinburg were damaged by the most devastating fire in the state’s history. The south side of Anakeesta Mountain which was badly scorched is a fitting location for our Forest Memorial Interpretive Trail. Stroll through the charred forest that serves as a reminder of the courage of the brave men and women who fought the fires, the fortitude of those affected and the resilience and restoration of our beloved Smoky...

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Aug 23, 2018 - Anakeesta - Gatlinburg TN

Anakeesta is a Cherokee Indian word referring to high ground, literally meaning “the place of the balsams.” Today, the word is most often associated with a massive rock layer known as the Anakeesta Formation that encompasses many of the peaks in our part of the Smoky Mountains. You can see it high above Gatlinburg in Charlie’s Bunion, Chimney Tops, and Mount Kephart. We chose the name Anakeesta to capture the authentic Smokies heritage that our guests will experience among the treetops at the summit of Anakeesta Mountain. Anakeesta is...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Exploring Cades Cove and BEARS

Date: October 23, 2017 Tonight’s Location: Gatlinburg, Days Inn Mileage: End - 22097 Start - 21853 Total Miles for the day: 244 Weather: some rain, some clouds, some sunshine – just at the right time. Temperature: start 61º High 64º Wildlife count: Black Bear, White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkeys Year List: 346 Birds: After breakfast with family at Cracker Barrel, we headed east on I-40 with some fog and rain. The rain got ahead of us, which was wonderful, and by the time we got to the national park, the sun was shining through the clouds. ...

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Eastern fun trip

Aug 24, 2017 - Third ride day

On our third ride day, we left out of Sapphire Valley and took the backroads towards Gatlinburg. Steve and I were on the lead bike as we rode through the misty countryside. On our way, we ended up behind a log truck for about a mile (that wasn't so fun) and also came upon a work crew that was stringing high wire. That was interesting to weave through them! We stopped in Sylva for a gas up and a potty break before heading into Cherokee and stopping for the required pictures at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Then it...

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May 21, 2017 - Gatlinburg, TN

May 21, 2017 Very windy before going to bed last night which was nice as it cooled us down a bit. Rained most of the night with a lull when we got up. We had planned to drive to the Cades Cove and take the 11 mile one-way Cades Loop Road which is similar to the Roaring Fork Motor route we took yesterday. If not raining, we had hoped to take the hike to Abrams Falls. To get to the Cades Cove entrance it is a beautiful 1 ½ hour drive west from Gatlinburg along the Little River. Even in the rain it was delightful. A cove is a relatively flat...

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May 20, 2017 - Gatlinburg, TN

May 20, 2017 Beautiful sunny morning. We relaxed and didn’t leave camp until about 10:00. Gatlinburg was crowded as were all the trailhead parking spots. Need to start earlier, particularly on the weekend. Fortunately, we drove down Little River Road to the Elkmont campground where the ranger said we would find a very nice 5 mile hike, the Little River Trail. The area was formerly the Appalachian Club camp and the remains are still there. It was a lovely shaded walk along the Little River, a long slow walk up and long slow walk down! The...

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May 19, 2017 - Asheville, NC to Gatlinburg, TN

May 19, 2017 Woke up to water in the bathroom at 3:00am! (at least our shoes didn’t float!) Disconnected the city water and back to bed. Of course, I was up for the duration reading. We also realized that the best of the Asheville Beer Festival was 5/27 and we did not want to stay past 5/26. So, we reconfigured our trip. The issue is that it is Memorial Day weekend. We had hoped to stay at the Horse Farm in Lexington but no surprise there isn’t room. We did get the last spot in the Boone State Park about 25 miles south of Lexington which...

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Apr 22, 2017 - Ranger Programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We went to the Sugarlands Visitor Center this morning for a ranger-led walk. The visitor center was a mad house! It is Junior Ranger Day and there were lots of activities going on. The crowds weren’t out on the trails though. We spent about an hour walking the half-mile trail through the woods to Cataract Falls with a park intern. She pointed out the different types of trees in the woods and their uses to the Cherokees and the early settlers. After we finished the walk with the ranger, we hiked the one-mile loop trail at Sugarlands to the...

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Our 2017 Travels

Apr 21, 2017 - Elkmont Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

We left Cades Cove today and drove 25 miles to the Elkmont Campground. This is the first time we have been to this campground. Our campsite backs up to the Little River. It would be very pleasant if our neighbor didn’t run his generator for hours at a time. We have found that we only need to run ours if we need to run the microwave or air conditioning. Because we drive our motorhome every day, the batteries have stayed charged up. The solar panel helps, too. We run the inverter when we are driving and use it to charge up electronics. So...

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Our 2017 Travels

Sep 20, 2016 - Last day in the Smokies

We drove through a lot of the park today, just enjoying the scenery and the beautiful weather. We got to the highest peak in the Smokies, Clingman's Dome, and walked to the observation tower. Although it's paved and only a half a mile, it is a tough walk because it is SO steep. The view from the top, however, is spectacular and the best part - it's all downhill to go back to your car! We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our friend, Linda, who made us feel like family. She grew up in Gatlinburg, so when she took us on a tour, it was...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Cades Cove and Abram's Falls

This morning we headed out early to Cades Cove to see if we could spot any bears. Although we didn't see any, we did see a lot of wild turkeys and deer. Cherokees hunted in the cove, but there is no evidence there was ever a Cherokee village there. In 1821, the first non-native people settled there because it was rich and fertile and there were lots of animals to hunt and eat. Lots of the original structures, including some old churches and an operational grist mill, still stand. From the trailhead in Cades Cove, we hiked what is supposed...

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