Gatlinburg Journals

The Great Smoky Mountains

An April 2004 trip to Gatlinburg by Ehlena99

Quote: A week in the Smoky Mountains for photography and nature

The Great Smoky Mountains

Overview

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Let me start by saying that I love the Smoky Mountains. It is such a beautiful place, with miles of trails and vistas that just blow my mind. My family and I went with photography on our minds and were not disappointed in any way.

Quick Tips:

Many places offer discount coupons for area shops, restaurants, and hotels. Ask at a hotel front desk or any shop in town, and they can tell you what is available.

Best Way To Get Around:

We took a car, and to see the most of the park, that is the way to go. However, there is no way to experience the beauty and majesty of the Smoky Mountains without taking a few hikes.
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Rocky Waters is a nice place to stay with close access to the Smoky Mountains National Park, and all the attractions of Gatlinburg. Every room comes with a balcony. Our room overlooked the river that gave the Rocky Waters Motel its name. It was very relaxing to sit outside and listen to the water bubble over the rocks and look out into the beautiful mountains in the mornings. I think it was a great place to stay, but I suppose more than anythign the staff was very helpful when a family from Ohio locked their only set of keys inside the Jeep. They tried several ways to get into the jeep, and finally called the police to help us get it worked out. Everyone was very helpful and very understanding ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Rocky Waters Motor Lodge
333 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-7861

Smoky Mountain Trout House

Restaurant | "The Trout House"

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Honestly, this is probably the only review that The Trout House will ever get. It was a very small restaurant in the side of a hill in Gatlinburg. It was a cozy atmosphere in a small, locally owned and operated place that specializes in fish, hence the name. We went to the Trout House because TGI Friday's was packed and the Trout House was not. It was late--after sunset--and we were cold, so it was a place to sit down and get dinner and a drink. I will say that they did have good food, but I am not a fan of fish, so I had ham. My father and friend had fish, and even though the description on the menu mentioned "gooey" and "encrusted", they both agreed that it was a good meal. It may n...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Smoky Mountain Trout House
410 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
865/436-5416

Rainbow Falls Trail

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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I guess I should start by saying that I love to hike, and I love waterfalls, so this seemed like the perfect trail for us to take. However, none of us are in perfect shape, and we didn't realize how strenuous this hike would be. We started first thing in the morning with cameras, a video camera, backpacks, water, and trail mix. It was a beautiful morning with snow in the higher elevations, but it was melted at most of the lower elevations. The trail starts off fairly easily, but it quickly moves to a steep climb that continues to the top. I recommend getting a book that tells you exactly what to expect on the trail because much of the history could be missed by someone not being aware of it. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Rainbow Falls Trail
Great Smoky National Park
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-1200

Cades Cove

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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Cades Cove seems to me to be what the Great Smoky's is all about. In this area people are intruding, but it feels like that in most National Parks to me. Anyway, Cades Cove is simply gorgeous. We woke up very early to travel across the park road to Cades Cove. We didn't manage to make it before sunrise, but we were close. Cades Cove is gated and not open all the time, so when we got there, we had to wait until the rangers opened the gate. Immediately, I was struck by the beauty of the place. It is just a short drive into the section of the park before I saw a field filled with deer. The animals there are so unconcerned with who is watching them. The people mean no harm, and the animals are not afra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee