Smokies Abandoned Resort Town Hike and Walking Tour

Smokies Abandoned Resort Town Hike and Walking Tour

Mountain Biking in Gatlinburg TN

climb-worksAny 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 mile uphill), and before you realize it, you are at the top ready for the intense ride down. It’s well designed with many banked corners for maximum speed. The best part is the wooden loop that you think is at the bottom; however, there are still some intense curves that await you after that.

The loop is well designed for newcomers and experienced riders alike. Your speed determines how technical your ride will be and the track is nice and wide, with very few snags or rocks to trip you up. It was obvious how much thought went into creating the loop and the wooden spiral burm is a blast.

Staff are all very friendly.  They have plans to buy surrounding land and expand their biking. Well worth checking out if you’re in the area and need to bike, or just want to try it. The current loop is just shy of 2 miles long.

There website says you do not need to be in shape.  But, this is 3.5 -4 hours of mountain biking.  You definitely need coordination.

 

http://www.climbworks.com/smoky_mountains/mountain_biking#tab/pricing

865-325-8116

Little Pigeon River

 

The Little Pigeon River, which got its name because the birds seemed to favor the area, has long been at the center of Pigeon Forge’s beauty and history.  Little Pigeon River is located entirely within Sevier County, Tennessee and is made up of a series of streams which flow together on the dividing line between Tennessee and North Carolina inside the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   parksign

The river is subdivided with three separate tributaries: East, Middle, and West.  The East Prong is paralleled for most of its length by State Route 416, and the Middle Prong emerges from the Greenbrier  area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Six miles of mostly gravel road follow the river and its tributaries into the upper Greenbrier area.  The Greenbrier area of the park is renowned for its wildflowers.  Greenbrier-Mountain-Stream

The West Prong is far better known because it drains the major tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.   The West Prong of the river has helped to provide the area with fresh ground corn and wheat from the Old Mill located along its banks. This is a central meeting place for the communOld-Mill-Pigeon-Forge-TNity and place to enjoy the scenic view that makes Pigeon Forge so special.

In the old days, the Mill was the heart of the community and served as a gathering spot for villagers. During the Civil War, looms were set up on the second floor to make woven articles for soldiers. The area around the Old Mill was first settled by pioneers in the early 1800s.  William Love dammed up the Little Pigeon River and began construction of the first building of the Old Mill.   The mill has been in continuous daily operation since its completion in 1830.  William Love utilized 40-foot-long, 14″-by-14″ Yellow Poplar logs, which are clearly visible even today. Huge river rocks serve as pillars to support the structure. This is one of the most photographed structures in Tennessee.smoky-mountain-outdoors-whitewater-raftingRiver_Romp_Tubes_and_Kayaks_Rentals_(002)

Besides the beauty and history of the Little Pigeon River, there are many activities on and in the river.  People can enjoy White Water Rafting, Gatlinburg’s Annual River Raft Regatta, Fly Fishing, Tubing and countless other activities.

 

 

 

 

Greenbrier Road Auto Tour

This route follows the Little Pigeon River to Trillium Gap. No trucks, trailers or RVs are allowed. The roadCascades in Greenbrier Section leads to the John Messer Barn and the trailhead to Ramsay Cascades, arguably the best waterfall in the Park. The hike is 8 miles roundtrip and is challenging. A lesser visited area of the Park, the Greenbrier section is one of our favorites. Besides the Ramsay Cascades, the visitor has the opportunity to view large stands of virgin growth such as northern red oak, eastern hemlock, and red maple. In fact, the Great Smoky Mountains are home to 21 champion-size trees. When the Park was created in 1934, old-growth forests were saved from the lumber companies and preserved for Smokies visitors. To get to Greenbrier Road, leave Gatlinburg at light #3 and head east on Hwy 321. Travel for approximately 7 miles and turn right on Greenbrier Road. If you include the hike to Ramsay Cascades, expect this tour to take upwards of 5 hours.

You can easily leave the road and walk down to the river and walk on the large bolders to get right in the middle of the river and little waterfalls.  There are a lot of areas to swim in or just sit on a rock and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best it is so very relaxing. There is also some great hiking trails.  The Porters Creek Trail is one of the best known trails for spring wildflowers. There are often lots of butterflies and many varieties of birds to enjoy.   You will find creeks, some historical areas and a small picnic area.   If you come ot the Smokies for peace and quiet, they can often be found at Greenbrier.

Address – 3635 Taliluna Ave., Unit 1 B, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37919

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

Little log wedding chapel

The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are a top destination in the country for weddings due to the gorgeous scenery of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Peaks and valleys provide breathtaking views that mirror the promise of lifelong wedded bliss.

Every year, over 10,000 brides plan Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg weddings in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are considered “The wedding capital of the South,” and Sevier County offers everything you’ll want and need for your special Smoky Mountain wedding, including beautiful wedding chapels, local florists, bakers, salons, spas, catering services, photography, entertainment and much more. Local ministers will be happy to come to your cabin, condo or chalet to perform intimate Smoky Mountain weddings.

Whether you prefer a cabin, chapel or scenic outdoor wedding, Smoky Mountain wedding venues and packages are sure to please brides, grooms and wedding guests alike.

Getting married in the National Park: Persons planning to be married in the park need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). A $50 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for wedding permits and all other special event-type permits.

For more information and to obtain an application package, contact the permit office at 865-436-1266.

More information  http://www.smokeymountainwedding.org/w_outdoor.htm

Chapels near the cabin http://www.logchapel.com/?page/80511/home  http://www.discoverachurchinthesmokies.com/OFB/seviervi/mcum.htm http://www.thebarnatchestnutsprings.com/index2.php?v=v1#!/Home

http://smokymountainweddingconnection.com

http://www.flowermountainwedding.com/aboutus/

This Inn is only 3 minutes from our cabin “Smoky Mountain Splendor”.  http://www.bluffmountaininn.com/index.html

road trip: gatlinburg, tn

Great trip. It sounds like you had an awesome time. Great pictures too.

 

I believe you meant Clingman’s Dome when you said Cades Cove

MamaGr

the summer road trip continued. the drive from charlottesville, va to gatlinburg, tn was six hours.

we made it to gatlinburg without getting lost : ) we stayed at Smoky Bear Campground in the teddy bear cabin. it was thankfully not in the hubub of gatlinburg. it was tucked away off route 321. there were a few other cabins on the campground alongside rv’s and thee pool. our cabin had a loft, futon in the living room (for gr3 to sleep on), a kitchen, full bath, and bedroom. the bonus was the faux fireplace that gr3 fell in love with. he sat by it and watched the glow. he turned it on every chance he had.

the first full day we did the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. you could hear the “roar” of the water. we stopped at jim ogle’s log cabin, an old appalachian home where fellow…

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A Day in The Smokies

Thanks for the information “A Day in The Smokies”

A Day In The Smokies

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The natural allure of the Smokies is portrayed by those artists & artisans that live within its reach. Their artistic interpretations can be seen throughout the month of October as Gatlinburg welcomes the 2013 Fine Arts Festival and the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair.

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The 38th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – scheduled from October 10 – 27, 2013 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  A unique characteristic of the Fair is that the artisians make their art available for viewing and sale, and demonstrate their talents and skills during this show. You can find almost 200 booths some of the finest work. Tentative hours are 10:00 AM – 6: 00 PM daily  and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sundays 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 PM daily. Live Country and Bluegrass music is scheduled at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 PM daily and 12:00 & 2:00 on Sundays.

Still want to see more… Visit the Gatlinburg’s Historical Arts & Crafts Community. This historical 8-mile…

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