Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Recently, my family (mother, brother, his dog and I) spent almost a week in the Great Smoky Mountains- we stayed in a vacation home on a mountaintop between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We checked out a few tourist sites, visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and hung out at the rather nice vacation home, which sported a home theater in the recreation room- yep, it got used!
I believe I have enough pictures for a few posts, let’s get started!
Part 1: Getting There, and ‘The Cabin’
Heading south through Ohio farm country
Water towers are always interesting to see…
Crossing the Ohio River
The Cumberland Gap is fun to drive through- this is the ancient trail that Daniel Boone helped blaze for the pioneers to follow through the Appalachian Mountains into the Ohio River Valley
There are lots of barriers up to catch falling rocks along the Gap
If you look closely, you can see wire mesh covering the rocks on the top left of the rock face
A brief but heavy rain squall
A wild dinosaur, or a roadside attraction…it all happened so fast…hey, just be glad I don’t show all of the fireworks stores along the way!
In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, vacation traffic was heavy- the Smokies are in the distance
There’s lots of touristy places in Pigeon Forge, more on that next week
Driving up a mountain to get to our cabin
It was a steep drive, with large mirrors in places to see oncoming traffic around rock ledges
And here we are- our destination, on the mountaintop! The cabin is hanging off the side of the mountain, actually
OK, ‘vacation home’ is closer to reality than ‘cabin’
Pro tip- don’t walk down a narrow steep dark spiral staircase in your socks if you’ve been drinking!
There were 3 decks on the side of the house, all with spectacular views of the local Smoky Mountains
The Greater Smokies get as high as 6,643 feet in elevation- to an Ohio boy like myself, these are definitely mountains!
That’s Pigeon Forge lit up in the distance
The nightly fireworks show going on at Dollywood
Yes, I’m tired too! But fear not, a couple more posts are coming up about this vacation!