The Great Smoky Mountains

      The most complicated thing to do is to decide which is which! And choosing a great tour is one. Whether you want a more challenging and strenuous activity or a relaxing one, the nation’s most popular park is here with the endless woodland that drapes out along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is world-esteemed as the only area that has a great number of wildlife preserves than any other area in the world’s temperate zones. The diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the exquisite Southern Appalachian Mountain culture attributed to its title as the most visited park!

            The Great Smoky Mountains are actually a primary mountain range located in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, which is a line of mountain chain from the Eastern United States and that adjoins the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The nation’s mot popular park stretches as far as 70 miles along the North Carolina/Tennessee boundary.  It houses over 500, 000 acres of protected forest that airs 1,660 kinds of flowering plants, some 1,600 bears live in the park and big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to minute organisms, as well as endless array of activities and places for you to enjoy!             The Smoky mountains or popularly known as the Smokies is located west of Eastern Continental Divide and is in between the Tennessee and North Carolina border.  The most notable feature of the mountain is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park established in the 1930s. Nine million visitors flood the area every year making it as the most-visited national park in America. 

            Visit the Smokies anytime of the year!  Spring, summer, and fall offer innumerable line of activities.  Go hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and other tours and events planned by the National Park Services.  More entertainment options and concerts at Dollywood on April.  Amazing shows during Fall, and cross-country skiing and sledding as well as shows in Winter.  Due to the magnificent weather and great terrain of the Smokies, there are over 10,000 species and additional 90,000 species of flora as documented by scientists.  Try rafting in full whitewater or river tubing in the summer. Auto-touring is also a popular activity all year-round which gives opportunities to visitors to visit the picturesque vistas of the area. Bicycling should not be missed through the Codes Cove on summer.  Smokies wilderness and its majestic forests have developed camping grounds that is safe for camping, backpacking adventure, educational excursions.  The 70 miles of fishable streams in the national park is thriving with fishes, so grab a hook now and try your  fishing skill. The 80-mile trail is suitable for quiet grooves, or backpacking treks.  There are nearly 80 historic building collections in Smokies which includes homes, barns, churches, schools, and mills well-preserved in the national park.  Smokies is your one true guide to the best water falls located on nearly every river and stream. The hallmark of Smokies adventure is the Wildlife Viewing.  It has been known as the “Wildflower national park” for the wondrous array of blooming wildflowers along the roads and trails.   Begin your day by visiting the visitor center her you can have some park maps, newspapers or other purchases like books and guides to the park.  There are three visitor Centers situated within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at Cades Cove, Ocunaluftee, and Sugarlands and four visitor centers outside located in the communities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Townsend.  

Cades Cove    
One of the most popular destinations in Great Smokies is the lush valley of Cades Cove!  Surrounded by mountains, Cades Cove is marked for the Deers that are always sighted in the fields.  Highlights for this place are wildlife viewing like the bears, Wild Turkeys, and foxes.  Historic buildings dated back to the late 19th and the early 20th centuries can be found in the cove.  Walk the numerous trails going to the famous Abrams falls, the Cades Cove Nature Trail, and one leading to the Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top. There are several backcountry campsites located along the trails so don’t worry about nighttime in Smokies.  

Cataloochee           
Step on the ground of one of the most rugged mountains of America.  The Cataloochee Valley is an isolated valley but is the largest and the most prosperous settlement.  The Cataloochee Valley or what is now known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is once known for its farms and orchard but now is the most panoramic sites in America. Do the challenge and walk the long gravel road going to the Cataloochee Valley by getting the direct route to Cove Creek.  

Deep Creek      
Hiking is the best way to get to the Deep Creek.  Nothing can be as much fun as exploring the nature while anticipating for the greater place ahead!  But Mountain bikers can be possible for people who can’t wait to see The Deep Creek which is popular for its streams and waterfalls.   

Clingmans Dome      
The Clingmans Dome is the highest dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with its 6,643 feet point.  It’s the highest in Tennessee and the third highest east of the Mississippi.  Climb the tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome and see the breathtaking 360° view of the Smokies and beyond for tourists who are willing to climb the steep half-mile walk at the top.  So be sure to dress in layers even in the summer! See endless views of ridges and valleys along the way at seven miles to the end of the Clingman’s Dome Road. Don’t worry it’s easy to get there; there are several trails that starts on the Clingman’s Dome Road, Appalachian Trail, and the Forney Ridge Trail.  

Fontana Dam      
With the reservoir size of 11,700 acres and 240 miles of shoreline, the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains which stand at 480 ft is the Fontana Dam that produces hydroelectric power from the Little Tennessee River.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the dam located in near the Fontana, Village, and North Carolina. For the history and achievements of the Fontana dam, drop by the visitor center operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. And it’s not only that, Fontana has access to Hazel Parks and Eagle Creeks, historic areas, as well as fishing and boating along the Lake.        

Dinosaur Walk Museum      
Come face-to-face with the life-size T-rex!  Stand beside the most common predators of the Dinosaur era, Allosaurus!  Here at the Dinosaur Walk Museum, see the world’s largest collection of prehistoric animals, from a two-story high T-rex to the tiny 1 foot tall Microraptor.  See other exhibits of giant sea lizards, flying reptiles, full-scale sculptures, bones, skulls, and skeleton replicas, and other ancient prehistoric creatures. Besides from that, the museum features a theater showing educational films that bring its characters in to life. There are activities for all ages and something for every walk of life. So grab your family now and hit the Dinosaur Walk Museum.  

Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show      
Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show is more than a show! It’s an adventure pack in one great package!  The fun-filled action-packed show with the amazing stunts and talented performance plus the fantastic four-course meal will surely make your day! Welcome to Dixie Stampede!  A perfect place for families, groups, and friends who are looking for magic, audience participation, outstanding performance, and a whole lot more!  

Dollywood      
The unique family adventure is here in Smoky mountain! The Dollywood theme park named after Dolly Parton spans over 125 acres in the fresh foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Ride the award winning amusement park rides especially  the wooden roller coaster “The Thunderhead.”  There are 10 new family and kiddie attractions located in the extended Country Fair area so you will never run out of fun!  Dollywood’s live entertainment features the best bluegrass, county, and gospel music.  With all these fun and surprises, see the five of the South’s largest festivals only her at Dollywood – Festival of Nations, KidsFest, the new Bluegrass & BBQ, National Harvest & Music Celebration and Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Elvis Museum         
Mike is a Georgia entrepreneur and once the owner of the Stamps Quartet.  Once he attended a Las Vegas performance and was introduced to Elvis! The black belt that Elvis gave him that night made him an avid follower and fun.  The Museum was born after the next decades and it all boils down to Mike L. Moon collections of Elvis memorabilia in 1971 after that unforgettable night! The Elvis Museum has more than $3 million worth of memorabilia which includes cars, costumes, and jewelry.  The museum itself has earned the prestigious title of “World’s Largest Private Collection of Elvis Memorabilia”.  The ownership is now transferred to Mike’s daughter and her family made available to everyone loyal to Elvis. 
 

National Freedom Museum      
National Freedom Museum  pays homage to the Armed Forced of the America at the National Freedom Museum, located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  The collection includes military vehicles, 16 life-sized sculptures, rare Civil War artifacts, photographs, and the names of the American soldiers who died for their country.  There are also bronze statues of men and women, military tools, as well as exhibits about the war.        Smoky Mountains never run out of things to do, and places to visit.  Travel and set your foot on the places you have never been before in you first visit like the Ripley’s Aquarium, 342-foot Space Needle, the Mysterious Mansion, and the 75 restaurants at Gatlinburg.  The Great Smoky Mountains is the largest wilderness sanctuary in the East covering almost more than a half million acres. With more than 1,600 species of plants, 200 species of birds, 50 species of fish and 60 species of mammals, who doesn’t want to visit the rich natural wonders?  

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One response to “The Great Smoky Mountains

  1. Great information. Hope this will help your visitors as well.

    As a local business owner in the Smoky Mountain area, I see a major shift in the way things are moving in our industry.

    The market has gotten flooded in the past five years with cheap “knock-offs” toted as luxury cabins. This seems to be the buzz word, “luxury”. However, as many visitors have come to realize (upon arriving a their cabin), there’s nothing there to validate the use for such a term.

    To many, luxury translates to;
    – Going beyond what is expected
    – Cleanliness that is WITHOUT compromise
    – Furnishings that are in abundance and NOT lacking

    In a nutshell, a sense of feeling pampered. Unfortunately, many of the companies are just missing the mark in their never-ending pursuit of their “cut” of a property owners rents.

    Going beyond a simple mopping, changing the bed and pulling the door “to”, is a stretch, to say the least.

    I certainly don’t propose to be the expert in what will clearly define the best cabin rental experience but I can say this, unless the managment company gets close and strives to trump their performance (every day) with regards to cleaning practices and giving the proper dynamics to those who rent the cabins (Visitors), you can rest assured, your investment cabin will be more of a dudd and cash “drain”.

    TheCabinKeeper.com (http://www.thecabinkeeper.com) is carving out a huge share of an untapped market; True Luxury Cabins.

    With cleaning standards that rival a five star resort, perks and luxurious thoughtful extras like gourmet chocolates, select ground coffee, fresh-cut flowers and a “Guaranteed Bless” guarantee that says, “if you’re not absoluetly thrilled with your cabin upon arrival, your money will be refunded or you can choose another available cabin”, a renewed enthusiasm in authentic “luxury” has been set. This is worth getting excited about for visitors and cabin owners alike in that it leads to customer satisfaction, repeat business and the highly coveted “referral”.

    A visit to thecabinkeeper.com site is well worth your time. Be forewarned… Cabin Inventory and Availability are almost always low. Instead of showing hundered of cabins in inventory the website only shows cabins that are unrented at the time you visit, which means if you don’t see something on the website, a call to the toll free number is in order as they will search their data base for you.

    I hope this helps those folks out there that who are interested in the Great Smoky Mountain area.

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