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We were up early to continue on the Blue Ridge Parkway for another 70 miles. Again views to die for and great little visitor centre we stopped at in Otter Creek where there had been bear sightings the day before. But no such luck for us. It would have been great to drive the entire length of the parkway but time was getting the better of us. So …
Sunday morning, we woke up a bit later as it was starting to get light out, although still very cold. We had a more leisurely morning, eating breakfast and breaking camp, and finally leaving at around 930. We would be heading home, but not before getting in some good views of fall color. For this, we would need to go higher in elevation. Wanting to …
We woke up very early Saturday morning, well before sunrise, to get an early start and hopefully beat some of the crowds. We were heading to Cades Cove, one of the most popular areas of the park, so it was sure to be packed on this nice autumn day. By leaving early, we hoped to miss most of the crowds and get to the parking lot while there were …
This past weekend was our annual Fall Foliage trip to the Smokies. Fortunately, the states of Tennessee and North Carolina paid to open the park and the federal government shutdown finally ended, so our trip was on. We all met up in Chapel Hill and made the long drive out to the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a …
Happy Labor Day People (though we will make the argument that we labored more yesterday)
today is Waterfall challenge #2. This one was Grotto falls and only 3~ish miles and supposedly not so uphill. (This being a waterfall I was not going to be fooled by the promise of 'no' uphill...)
We carried a lighter load today (smart move #1) …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsElkmont Campground Gatlinburg
Elkmont Campground is located between Gatlinburg and Cades Cove on the Tennessee side of the park. As these are some of the busiest parts of the park, Elkmont provides an opportunity to be near both attractions while being slightly less crowded. The campground is in a beautiful setting with Little River running through it. Elkmont is also the largest campground with more than 200 sites, most of which can be reserved and about 20 first-come first-served. Amenities at the campground include tent pads, fire pits, flush toilets, cold running water, and bear-proof dumpsters. There are no showers or electrical hookups at this campground or any within the park, however. Remember that this is bear territory, so dispose of all trash properly and keep all food and similar items safely locked in the car. The rangers strictly enforce these rules. There is also a small store on site that sells ice, snack food, basic camping supplies, and firewood. The best amenity of this campground, however, is its central location. Close to Gatlinburg, Sugarlands, Newfound Gap Road, and Cades Cove, yet far enough away to forget about the traffic and crowds.
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