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Old 06-11-2015, 02:58 PM   #1
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Great Smoky Mountain Must Sees

In two weeks, I will be camping for 3 days at Cades Cove and 3 day at Indian Boundaries in the Smoky Mountains. What are some must sees in the area that I should plan on visiting while I am down there?

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Old 06-11-2015, 03:15 PM   #2
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If you have any interest in Masonic lore then find the masonic monument just off the road in the park. The park does not advertise the place and there are no brochures that I have found that describe it, but you can find information here
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:21 PM   #3
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also look up the NPS Cataloochee campground

It is a developed campground, but is limited to small TT and popups as the road to get to the CG is one lane and dirt with some blind curves where it is difficult to backup. Fortunately there is not much traffic that goes to the area and the road to the CG is nearly deserted. There are things to see near the CG and often you can see Elk in the meadows nearby in the early evening.

Go there and see if that could be a destination for you the next time you are in the area.
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Clingmans Dome is a must. And if you have time make resv. for Dixie Stampede we enjoyed the show and dinner.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:31 PM   #5
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Enjoy the loop around cades Cove. Stopping at the old Homestead sites to me is a must and taking the Abraham Falls hike (about 4.5 miles) are some of the must do when we have been there. Staying in Townsend @ Lazy Daze in two weeks for 3 nights. Just out of Cades Cove. We have sites right on the Little River and all will be enjoying tubing down it as well.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:35 PM   #6
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The foothills parkway outside Townsend is a very scenic drive. Must stop is Look Rock park and walk to the top of the tower. 360 degree view!
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Do a search for waterfalls in the area - there are a lot. Most are a short hike off the road.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:12 PM   #8
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Be prepared to see theses. This was just two weeks ago at Cades Cove.Click image for larger version

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Cherohala skyway is also a very pretty drive. US 129 between Deals gap NC and the overlook on the Tennessee side boast the honor of being one of Americas Curviest roads 311 curves in 11 miles. Watch for motorcyclist. They come from all over to ride that stretch of road. Nanatahala Gorge on 19 south of Robinsville is pretty good white water rafting. The water is 42 degrees year round.I would stay away from pigeon forge unless you like sitting in traffic.
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Roaring Fork Motor Trail out of Gatlinburg. Check out Elkmont Campground and the cabins just above the campground.
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