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Old 06-16-2016, 04:02 AM   #31
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Here's a pic of the campsites here. All paved fhu sites with these crazy benches and really small tables. Would recommend Twin Creek CG to anyone looking to stay in area and want this type of CG. Being on the trolley route is a major plus. They have 8 trolley's that will take you anywhere from Gatlinburg to Dollyworld and Pigeon Forge. Only 50 cents a ride.
Also a couple pic's from yesterday's drive. I see why they are called the Smoky Mtns.
Looks nice. We want to try a different place next time. We always end up at Pine Mountain RV Park in Pigeon Forge.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:06 AM   #32
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Got the tire fixed yesterday. Took most of the morning. We then headed up to Newfound Gap and walked the trail a short distance. Sign said 1920 miles to Maine. I don't think so. Did see a lot of hikers. Then drove to Clingman's dome. It just quit raining and we were above the clouds so could not see anything. You are suppose to see 7 states on a clear day and are at the highest point in Smokies. Bummer it was so cloudy. Still a lot of traffic in park.
No new pic's yet. Off to Laurel Falls and the Roaring Fork motor nature trail. Heat wave is hitting here today 90+ so we'll see how much hiking we do.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:11 AM   #33
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One quick note on the parking in Gatlinburg... forget the $6-10 parking lots.
Drive one block off the main drag in either direction and there are always places to park for FREE.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:11 PM   #34
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They close the Cades Cove loop Tue and Sat mornings from 7:00 till 10:00 am for the bicycles.

The best way to see the Cove is walk it, it's only 11 miles


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A pretty place to visit in the park is Cataloochee Valley, there is free roaming elk there. If you are really brave there is another way down the mountain. The road is I think 40 miles long and top speed is 20mph but it's pretty and you hardly ever meet anyone else on the road. At the back of Cades Cove is a road called Parson Branch road and it brings you back to Deals Gap better known as Tail of the Dragon. I have walked the Appalachian trail inside the park, it's only 70 miles


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I asked and they said the road down to Deals Gap from the cove was closed. The Foothills Parkway was a beautiful drive thou. Not sure we could walk the 11 mile loop let alone the 70 mile trail thru the park. Had a mother bear and cub in the cg yesterday morning. Did not stay long when the first dog barked. We did hike up to Laurel Falls yesterday. Nice 3.5 miles. Seemed like it was uphill in both directions. Pic of the falls below. We then drove the Roaring Fork nature trail out of Gatlinburg. It is a one lane road along the side of the mountain. Almost to narrow in some spots. Had to fold my mirror in to get by huge rocks along side road. DW was very nervous but enjoyed the drive. Pic below of truck on road at a wide spot. and one from Newfound Gap. Off to see the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge today.

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Please report back on your stay. We are going there for the first time in October. Thx.
we have loved it. Kids and dogs playing in the two creeks. Some sites are a bit close but ours was wonderful. Site 15. There are so many hardwoods, it should be beautiful for you in October. Couldn't quite recognize some of them, but it seems there are lots of black walnut trees. I had to google. Found out they are related to hickory. The front has paved road with gravel sites/pads the back is gravel. It is slate gravel so not too dusty. You probably know there is no playground or swimming pool, but that is not a problem for us. It didn't seem to be for the kids here either as they were playing in the creek, fishing , riding bikes and having old time fun. The folks keep it nice and clean and well managed. We will definitely come back when we come up this way.
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we have loved it. Kids and dogs playing in the two creeks. Some sites are a bit close but ours was wonderful. Site 15. There are so many hardwoods, it should be beautiful for you in October. Couldn't quite recognize some of them, but it seems there are lots of black walnut trees. I had to google. Found out they are related to hickory. The front has paved road with gravel sites/pads the back is gravel. It is slate gravel so not too dusty. You probably know there is no playground or swimming pool, but that is not a problem for us. It didn't seem to be for the kids here either as they were playing in the creek, fishing , riding bikes and having old time fun. The folks keep it nice and clean and well managed. We will definitely come back when we come up this way.
Thanks for the report! We can't wait to go there.
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