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Stories and Tips Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Pisgah National Forest - Forest Heritage Scenic Byway

Written by Colewade on 18 Nov, 2003

"The section of forest served by U.S. 276, probably offers more outstanding attractions, activities, and recreational opportunities than any other 15-mile-or-so stretch of mountain driving." (Mountain Getaways - Rusty Hoffland) Upon exiting the parkway on U.S. 276 south, the road goes through several switchbacks for…Read More


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Blue Ridge Parkway from GSMNP to Asheville

Written by Colewade on 15 Nov, 2003

Consider the long road to Asheville. Leaving Cherokee or Maggie Valley, soar along the highest portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Choose a portion, or do the whole section, it is a worthwhile detour. This is the land of Fraser firs, mountain meadows, and…Read More


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Back Roads in the Great Smoky Mountains of NC

Written by Colewade on 14 Nov, 2003

Buckle your seat belts, some of the best scenery in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is on the back roads. Don’t be afraid to take them, and don’t be afraid to get lost. I have done most of my "back road tours"…Read More


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Cherohala Skyway and the Lake Country Driving Tour

Written by Colewade on 14 Nov, 2003

Cherohala Skyway Drive along the much less crowded Cherohala Skyway from Robbinsville, for scenery on par with any that of The Blue Ridge Parkway. This route was finished in 1996, and offers spectacular scenery and well developed overlooks all the way up to Hooper’s Bald and…Read More


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Smokemont Grist Mill

Written by Malahini on 06 Jan, 2003

Very common in the early days, and very picturesque now: those water powered mills with stone wheels to grind the corn. There's one in Cades Cove, a little one along the Roaring Fork Nature Trail, and a BIG one near the Smokemont Visitor Center at…Read More


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Cades Cove

Written by Malahini on 04 Jan, 2003

Cades Cove has been here a very long time. That's why it's such an interesting stop today. In early times, this wide flat valley amidst the high mountains was a great place to farm. But it was very isolated - sometimes the settlers only made…Read More


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Roaring Fork Nature Trail

Written by Malahini on 06 Jan, 2003

How remarkable that we never found this place until 2002, even with years of driving through the Great Smoky Mt. Park. It sounds like a side trip there's really not time for during a short stay. Big mistake! It's delightful. We drove it 5 times…Read More


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