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A June 2003 trip to Gatlinburg by adventuregirl

Quote: What more can you ask for than whitewater rafting, an amusement park, waterfalls, hiking, great shopping, local artists and wild animals here, there and everywhere? This place is unbelievable!

Gatlinburg Town Square Resort

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Hotel | "Gatlinburg Town Square"

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Best Things Nearby:I'd recommend a visit to Cades Cove at dusk for the best opportunity to see the wildlife (boars, bears, deer, raccoons, rabbits, etc). And hikes to CATARACT FALLS (easy hike less than a mile round trip, no incline). We also hiked to Laurel Falls, and Grotto Falls. (Hey – grotto is CAVE in Italian). I would also suggest Abrams Falls. All of these were simple hikes, and Laurel Falls is a paved hike. And Rainbow Falls is an intense hike, but beautiful all the same. As the names indicate, we saw numerous cascading waterfalls, and though it's not recommended, we did find some time to play CAREFULLY in them -- avoiding touching the lichen behind the falls that is no place els...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2004

Gatlinburg Town Square Resort
414 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-2039

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Attraction | "Best Hikes for families..."

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As the names indicate, we saw numerous cascading waterfalls, and though it's not recommended, we did find some time to play CAREFULLY in them -- avoiding touching the lichen behind the falls that is no place else in the world but there, and is an endangered species. Oh, and for those who care, they've even got hikes, specially created for the handicapped... they are beautiful, and paved. You can go on guided hikes with Rangers, or you can go on your own. We did a little of both for the experience. Also in the Smokies you can go for a Lightning Bug Hunt... you actually sit and watch. Yeah, sounds real fun, huh? But get this -- It's one of two places in the WHOLE WORLD that the l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2004

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 37738
(865) 436-1200

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

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Attraction | "Ober Gatlinburg"

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...And then there's the James Bond-esque Sky Tram... an aerial tram up the mountainside in a box that can hold up to 120 people as it runs on cables at 15 mph.... beautiful. And $8/ad, $6 kids for two days unlimited rides.... At the Top (and that was OBER GATLINBURG) there is a mini-amusement park for $18/ad, $14/kids for unlimited play. This is perfect for families with kids up to age...12..... older than that and they might be bored for lack of people to stare at and flirt with... but it's just large enough to have something for everyone, and still make parents secure in the fact that they're safe. They've got an ALPINE slide (right ON) that was my personal favorite ride - even w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2004

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-5423

USA Raft

Attraction | "White Water Rafting"

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The young bucks that run these rafting companies are renegade comics/adventurers and we loved them! We played, we competed, we learned. . . I was begging my fellow rafters to take one more hit on the rapids every time we'd roll through some white water (and they obliged me. . . once)!

We paid $35 per head to take a rafting trip with USA RAFT (recommended) down the Pigeon River on a white water rafting trip that lasted a bit over an hour.

The 5x7 shot of us in the rapids cost us $10 (owie). . . and it was SO worth every single cent. This is for kids eight and up, but they have a mellower rafting trip for families with kids around six that was about $20 per head.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2004

USA Raft
Pigeon River
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

TRIP SUMMARY...

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OK, I stayed at Gatlinburg Town square, directly off the strip. It's on "Historic Nature Trail." It's next to Outback Steakhouse (how conVENient) and is just up the street from the space needle (great for the view). It is about a block away from THE GREAT SMOKY MTNs -- The nation's only FREE national park -- and is home to Brown Bears, and a whole gamut of newly identified plant and animal species, not to mention beautiful and colorful salamanders! (note -- see more bears in June and July when it's bear mating season.) The resort is also just DOWN the street from Roaring Rapids Fork -- a definitely gorgeous car-tour that winds through the mountains. I'd recommend a visit to ...Read More