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Old 02-22-2013, 07:54   #26
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Check out Smokey Mountain Knife Works while you are there.
http://www.smokeymountainknife.info/
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My son will enjoy a gift from the knife works....the girl may have to drop me off there for a bit. She can go buy some shoes or something....
You need to take your son. Outside of the SMKW store is a little shack where you can make your own knife under the tutelage of a Smith. Kinda pricey, but both my son and daughter had a blast making knives..
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:54   #27
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everybody must try the pan cake place.
do not know the name but look around mid town for the line way out the door till 10:30am. line moves ok.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:26   #28
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Wife and I just got back last week.

We went and stayed in Sieverville mainly just to get away. Neither of us were interested in the touristy crap Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge had to offer.

Gatlinburg is a nightmare, and we were there during the slow season. No parking, don't even think about going to the Old Smokey Moonshine place for a sampling, the line was out the door. We got lucky and parked behind the Brewery and stumbled down the road after a few beers.

We ate and tried beer at the Smokey Mtn Brewery in both cities. Beer is pretty good, and the food is about the same. the pretzels with beer mustard are great.

About the only other store was the Apple Barn, got some good apple butter BBQ sauce, and some other crap.

The drive to and through Cades Cove is great, until you are behind some idiot from Jersey that doesn't understand what the signs that say "Pull over and let others pass" if you want to point at and look at the deer in the field.

We mainly chilled and went for a hike each day. Laurel falls is a nice little trek.

Beautiful country up there. I wish Florida had that kind of scenery.

Mafia Pizza on Upper Middle Creek road has really good NY style pies.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:46   #29
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Nobody ever goes there anymore it's too crowded.

Dress warm it can get quite cold there this time of year. The towns around the park are a little too touristy for me. The great outdoors within the park are wonderful. Be sure and take in Cades Cove. The Smokies are a paradise for hikers.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:44   #30
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My son will enjoy a gift from the knife works....the girl may have to drop me off there for a bit. She can go buy some shoes or something....
I believe there is some factory outlet store shopping nearby.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:30   #31
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I believe there is some factory outlet store shopping nearby.
Some? We get about 13 million tourists here each year. Vast majority only come for shopping, never set foot in the National Park.
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I would prefer the east side of the park, over in North Carolina. What's the point of going to to a National Park that is this beautiful, without getting outdoors?
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:25   #33
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I would prefer the east side of the park, over in North Carolina. What's the point of going to to a National Park that is this beautiful, without getting outdoors?
It's beautiful where I live, all manner of great outdoors stuff to do. More than once I've heard the comment from downstate visitors that "there's no good shopping around here." Well, no schitt, it's woods and rivers and lakes, not malls.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:40   #34
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I hate shopping, and I thought the outlet mall was nice. Got several things I needed for 70-80% off.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:01   #35
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I go down there every year. Love the mountains. If they're open now, you must try the zip lining. Did it last year and was a total blast. White water rafting in the summer. Stop along the back roads and get yourself some barbeque too.
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Hey ya'll,
Thanks for all the tips. Woke up to an amazing view of the smokies, got some good breakfast, hit Cooters, drove up to the Appalachian trail, the gap where TN and NC come togethere, making a few stops at a few hiking places along the way. Great pix. Came back to the cabin to rest up a bit. Then had dinner at the Smoky Mtn. Brewery, along with some walking with the crowds down on the main drag. Oh yeah, stopped for some samples at the distillery. The girl got a bottle of the tastiest one. And with plenty of relaxing play time in the cabin with the gf, it has been an awesome trip so far. Took pix of me in front of the General Lee for my Dukes buddy up in Wisconsin (he's jealous). We've got another full day tomorrow....supposed to be sunny and pretty warm. Definitely, will get some more hiking in, and will make it to the knife store (my gf has been there before, she said it is cool).

Again, thanks for all the input and feedback. It helped!
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Go through the park, across Newfound Gap to Cherokee NC if you are interested in casino gambling and/or Indian history and culture. Check carry rules.

Go into the park from Gatlinburg, turn right at the visitor center and go to Cade's Cove which is somewhat representative of pre-park mountain life. You can come back through Townsend and across Happy Valley Road - a drive best enjoyed in daylight.

There is a driving trail "Roaring Fork Road" I believe out of Gatlinburg. Nice little drive...one way road...past little mill and farmsteads. Ask where it is. I can find it but can't describe how to get there. I've seen bears along this.

Mid-winter should be relatively quiet with few tourists.


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Old 02-26-2013, 21:43   #38
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Alrighty,
I figure I'll post a couple of pix, even though I don't usually do that here.

The Okie Corral

The Okie Corral

The Okie Corral


View from porch in morning....
The Okie Corral

The Okie Corral

And yes, I was armed throughout (G26, Speer Gold Dots). The only place that had a no guns sign during the trip was the National Park Visitors Center.

Great trip overall. Touristy stuff was ok for a few hours. Outdoors was great. And Cabin time with the girl was even better. As Arnie says, I'll be back.

And yeah, that is my girl's bad ride, Mustang convertible. It was warm on Sunday, so we put the top down and Cade's Cove for the drive back to the cabin. Very fun.

Cheers.
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We always hit Cade's Cove too. It sickens me to see the cabins vandalized like they have been "Joe was here" etc.

My family name is on some of the Cabins and headstones in Cade's Cove. Distant cousins it seems although I'm not sure if I traced my ancestry correctly.
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everybody must try the pan cake place.
do not know the name but look around mid town for the line way out the door till 10:30am. line moves ok.
Pancake Pantry I believe...


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Old 02-28-2013, 18:56   #41
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No one mentioned the Bass Pro a mile down the road from SMKW??? Worlds Largest Fireworks Store across the street?

Oh, and Dollywood is a must. It is a fantastic theme park.
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Put Cades Cove on your list.
I crisscrossed the Smokies during my traveling years, working in places like Knoxville, Greenville, Bristol and other places. Gatlinburg is tourist hell, in my opinion, but the rest of the park is beautiful. The one place I never had time to visit was Cade's Cove and I hear it's the best site of all.
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Gatlinburg itself (the main strip) is a total tourist trap.

We went there for the mountains, and to get some quality time together in a cabin by ourselves, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday real-world life. Worked out perfectly!

Two or three hours were spent in tourist areas, but that includes dinner at the brewery. And how could I pass up a trip to Cooter's??? Not when I saw the General Lee through the window.
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