Elk in the Smoky Mountains

Could you imagine seeing a 700 Lb. Elk crossing your path? This is not as far-fetched as you might think…

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Pigeon Forge has something for everyone.

When my husband and I first went to Pigeon Forge, we fell in love with the area.  My husband likes to relax on vacation.  To me, vacation is something to be conquered.  I need to go and see everything that the area has to offer.  Pigeon Forge has something for every age and agenda.  There … Continue reading Pigeon Forge has something for everyone.

Gatlinburg Tennessee Endless Activities

There are so many Things to see and do in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  I have been going there for years and still do not have many things on my Gatlinburg bucket list crossed off.  Mainly because I love doing certain things that I have to hit every time I am in the area.  Check out this … Continue reading Gatlinburg Tennessee Endless Activities

Hiking Tour Guides

A Walk in the Woods tour guides The staff are very knowledgeable and will gear their walk to your interests.  You will enjoy botany and biology lessons the whole way along. Hopefully you will learn a great deal from your time on the hikes. You won't be disappointed in the experience and amazing nuances! This is so educational … Continue reading Hiking Tour Guides

Gatlinburg: Mountain Life

Great Summary of downtown Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. There are three entrances into the Smokies right from downtown. Gatlinburg attracts more than eleven million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any givennight. This little town of 3,944 residents is dedicated to welcoming all of its guests with a taste of Appalachian hospitality at its best.

Everyone enjoys walking the Downtown Parkway, which runs from one end of town to the other. It’s filled with a rich variety of things to see and activities to experience, places to eat, shopping, and attractions that boggle the mind. For a quieter stroll, take the River Walk and enjoy the cheerful song of the Little Pigeon River, with gazebos and benches along the way. Apart from the Downtown Parkway and connecting side streets, the East Parkway at Traffic…

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The Busiest Highpoint: Clingmans Dome, Tennessee (11/50)

Clingman’s Dome is steep, but the view from the parking lot is almost as good as the view at the top.

A Blind Shot at Reaching 50 State Highpoints

For some reason, they moved the highpoint marker from the top down to the start of the summi trail at Clingmans Dome For some reason, they moved the highpoint marker from the top down to the start of the summi trail at Clingmans Dome

Photos from Clingmans Dome

When it comes to highpoints, none receive more visitors than Clingmans Dome, the highpoint of Tennessee.  Standing at 6644 feet, the mountain, which sits on the Tennessee and North Carolina border, is the third highest point east of the Mississippi River behind only Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig in North Carolina.

Clingmans Dome sits in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it is just one of many places worthy of a visit while spending time in the park. For those looking to avoid a long hike, a trip during the warmer months of the year (April-December) allows one to have the opportunity to drive near the top of the mountain and take the half-mile trail to the summit.  If you go during the…

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The Great Smoky Mountains

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Ever since I was big enough to remember, I have always loved the mountains. Every summer my daddy would choose a day, wake us up before dawn, load us up in the car, and surprise us with a trip to the mountains. We always went to the same place … Helen, GA. We would explore the town a bit, have lunch, and then drive around. Usually, we would end up at Brasstown Bald and stroll up to the peak. Every trip, he would tell us how you could see seven states from there on a clear day. It was always special, and I grew to love those Smoky mountains. To this day, the very sight of those peaks coming in to view fills me with joy.

Well, last week my son and I got to explore a bit in the smokies. We had some timeshare points left to use, and…

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Little Cabin in the Woods…

Dreaming in a Sleepless World

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Actually, the name of this post should be “down the rabbit hole.” It is very often amazing to me how I start out at one spot, with clear intent and path, only to wander off nearly immediately and to end up so far off track I cannot even discern how it came to be. Seems at times I have lost all bearings. I do not remember how I came to having knowledge of John Ownby’s 1860 cabin in The Sugarlands of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Was this something that caused me to explore the Park as an option while visiting Tennessee…or did I discover the existence of the cabin during the planning phases of my excursion? I do know my ancestors that settled in these mountains were Ownby while my branch of the family that trekked to Fannin County, Georgia by way of North Carolina spelled their version Owenby. Others chose Ownbey. As you have probably surmised, this picture…

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Place of a Thousand Drips, Tennessee

The Waterfall Record

Just outside of Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, you can easily enter Great Smoky Mountain National Park and take a drive along the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It’s a fascinating drive, and there are a number of waterfalls that can be accessed from the motor trail. Some of them require medium length hikes to view the falls, and on the day I was there, there was moderately consistent thunder, so I decided against those hikes.

There are a few waterfalls that can be easily viewed from the trail, though. One of them is unnamed, and is discussed here. The other, better advertised waterfall, is the Place of a Thousand Drips, which happens to be an amazingly cool name for a waterfall. I would assume it gets its name from the way it seems to split into many different drops, recombine, split again, and so on. It’s a rather fascinating view.

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Mountain Biking in Gatlinburg TN

Any age, any level of rider could ride Climbworks Gatlinburg Mountain Biking Course. It's built for everyone to enjoy. The bikes are well maintained, and great models for general riders. The trail is well laid out, can be fun for experienced riders, but very doable for beginners. The uphill is a gradual climb (about a half a … Continue reading Mountain Biking in Gatlinburg TN