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Apr 14, 2019 - Day Trip: Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains National Park

The weather forecast for today is not good. We sleep in. It’s rainy and windy. Around noon it starts to clear. We head to Cades Cove. Not wanting to go through Gatlinburg, we get directions for the Gatlinburg Byway. This is much better! We stop at an overview of Gatlinburg. It is windy but the rain has let up. At the Smoky Mountains National Park Visitor Center, we take Little River Road and Laurel Creek Road to Cades Cove. Is everything twenty-four miles? It is a beautiful ride along the Little River and then Laurel Creek. Our favorite...

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Apr 13, 2019 - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

It is a leisurely start to a very full day. After a Walmart stop, we relocate to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. At check-in, we rent a car for three days. The weather is too iffy for the motorcycle. We plan to stay three nights. The park has a deal. If you spend $60 in their boutique, you get the third night free. They are having a red dot sale. I buy 6 tops instead of paying for night three. It’s a deal! We decide to get some use out of the car. There is an Arts and Craft Loop near the campground. We make about three stops. That’s enough. We...

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Apr 12, 2019 - Day Trip: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

To explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park we need to be in Gatlinburg. We have been told that Gatlinburg is already busy. We are staying in Hartford for two nights. From Hartford, we are in range of Gatlinburg but exploring the National Park from here would make for a long day. I figure we will rest for a day and move on. This is why John and I make a good team. Suddenly, he announces that we are going to Gatlinburg to check things out ourselves. We take the RV as there is a chance of rain. We take the Foothills Parkway. It is great....

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Sep 21, 2018 - Gatlinburg - oh my, who knew? not us!

Turns out Gatlinburg, is just the other side of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park Entrance. Tough to figure out access and opportunity in the park, but the town is super popular and crowded. 1 main road with all the restaurants and shops you could want and then Uber Gatlinburg which is the winter ski destination - and fun summer escape up the mountain. Lots of traffic on the roads around there and easy to get lost - and we did, more than once - thankfully parked at a campground well away from the crowds. Gatlinburg East KOA was a...

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Scholz Adventures

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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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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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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