Smoky Mountains National Park
- We've always loved the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. Although it's the
busiest national park, it's still easy to find a quiet
spot to enjoy the natural and historical surroundings. We
went to the park twice this summer. First, we took
Annette's parents. Later in the summer, we returned with
- July Trip
- We drove south from Asheville along the
Blue Ridge Parkway and entered the park from
the North Carolina side. We stopped at the
visitor center and walked around the small
farm. Then, we headed into the park toward
- On the way out of the park, we took a
gravel road over the top of the mountain to
Townsend. Along the road we saw a cute, baby
black bear in the woods. Since it was a baby,
we decided not to get a closer look and
continued down the road.
- The small dot in the center of the
picture on the right below is the church
that's in the center below.
- Cade's Cove is one of our favorite places, so we
decided it would be fun to take a bike trip with Ben.
Cove is closed to cars on Saturday morning. We needed
a third bike, so we stopped at the bike rental at the
entrance to Cade's Cove. It was a busy morning and Larry
was told that most of the bikes were already rented. He
walked around the rack of rejected bikes and found a
lonely bike laying on the ground. It wasn't in the best
condition, but we decided it would work for the 11 miles
around the loop. Larry volunteered to let Ben ride his
bike, so he could ride the rental. We had a great time.
Ben was usually in the lead, but Larry often caught up
and passed when coasting downhill. We stopped along the
road to see the sites.
- When we come to the Smoky Mountains we always see
lots of wildlife. It's fun to see a bear and Cade's Cove
is one of the best viewing spots. As we were riding our
bikes down the road, we noticed a group of people looking
at the trees. From the road we could barely make out the
shape of a bear in the tree. Ben is pointing at the bear
in the picture below. Larry got a little closer for the
picture below. Besides the bear, we saw lots of
- You can't go to Pigeon Forge without doing some
shopping, so we spent a morning shopping at the outlets.
After taking Annette to the airport, Larry and Ben went
back through the park. They hiked to Laurel Falls and
Clingman's Dome before heading back to Asheville.
- Updated 5/02.
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