The summer months are a wonderful time to explore all of the scenic trails throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! You will find longer days of sunshine, plenty of available trail options, and fantastic weather! It is warm and sunny during the day, and old-growth forests provide shade on especially hot days! If you do … Continue reading 4 Ways to Beat the Heat for Summer Hiking in the Smoky Mountains
Although it isn’t one of the most popular falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we enjoyed our short hike to Cataract Falls. Located just a half-mile behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cataract Falls is an easy hike with virtually no climbing, except for a small set of stairs near the falls. The first part of … Continue reading Cataract Falls
The Great Smoky Mountains are rich in history and full of hidden gems. Through the sands of time, these lost landmarks become something of whimsical fantasies. An old spring house becomes a fairy house. A trail connection becomes a hidden, abandoned tunnel. And an ordinary stone bridge becomes a moss-covered troll bridge. This troll bridge … Continue reading There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There are a ton of unique spots throughout the Great Smoky Mountains you can get to by hiking. One of the lesser known spots is the fairy house along Twin Creeks Trail. We want to tell you all about this cool little spot and how to get there. Here’s more about hiking to the House … Continue reading HIKING TO THE HOUSE OF THE FAIRIES IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Sometimes you just need to get away, and that’s exactly what I did on my own on a Sunday while on vacation in Gatlinburg. With my wife doing laundry and my son being a lazy teenager at our condo, I decided to venture beyond the crowded malaise of this beautiful tourist town. There really wasn’t … Continue reading A Sunday Walk Along The Gatlinburg Trail
Highlights: historic buildings, visitor center, walking trailsOconaluftee offers both a visitor center and the Mountain Farm Museum - a collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site. Buildings include a house, barn, applehouse, springhouse, and smokehouse.At the visitor center, rangers can answer your questions about the park … Continue reading Mountain Farm Museum
We talk a lot about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and most of us, like me, enjoy going for a short hike. But, even if you are doing just a short 3 or 4-mile hike, it's best to be prepared. You never know when the weather may change suddenly or you may trip and … Continue reading 10 Things to Pack for a Short Hike
The John Ownby Cabin is a historic cabin in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. Located in The Sugarlands, it lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was built in 1860, and is the last surviving structure from the pre-park Forks-of-the-River community. At the time, this valley was populated with three small Appalachian communities: Forks-of-the-River, Sugarlands, and Fighting Creek. The valley … Continue reading John Ownby’s 1860 Cabin
2-hour walking tour of two abandoned resorts and learn about Smoky Mountain history and legends
Clingman’s Dome is steep, but the view from the parking lot is almost as good as the view at the top.
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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