Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pigeon Forge is on of the Smokies favorite places to shop. Pigeon Forge is near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers every type of lodging accommodations you're accustomed to. Come to Pigeon Forge and see by renting your own private Pigeon Forge cabin or chalet from one of the many cabins & chalets rental companies; or get pampered at one of many special Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast inns; experience a hotel or motel right on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee amidst the action-packed attractions; enjoy a luxurious condo rental with city and mountain views; wheel into one of the many Pigeon Forge campgrounds; or simply camp in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! While you're at it, check out the great selection of vacation rentals by owner.
GSMNP recomends you visit Cades Cove while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traveling through Cades Cove, many like to project themselves backward in time. Should you do the same, you will learn a little of what it was like to live in the Smokies in the 1800's. It is helpful to ask yourself the following questions. What might it have been like to bump over this Smoky Mountain road in a wagon pulled by horses? What would it have been like to move to the Smokies where the native inhabitants may be angry at your coming, lived a very different lifestyle, and spoke a different language? What would it be like to face the daunting task of clearing the land in hopes of creating a prosperous farm? The first step of clearing the land was done by girding the trees with an ax to kill the tree so enough sunlight would reach the forest floor in that first year to support a garden. Imagine then building a cabin, cooling food that would spoil in the cool springs or streams, hunting and fishing for food. Of course you would need to do that while as quickly as possible also planting a garden so you and your family would not starve over the first winter. What would it be like to tend and harvest the garden and preserve the yield and to know your families survival depended upon your success. Imagine slaughtering your own livestock if you were lucky enough to have it and preserving the meat for later consumption. Imagine chopping down the deadened trees to use for buildings and fences or to burn them into fertilizer. In short image what was it like to be a Smoky Mountain pioneer.
Stay in a condominium in the Smoky Mountains. This site lists a variety of Condo's for rent near the park.
This site is a good source for highway construction information (and the ensuing delays to be expected) in North Carolina. The rockslide which completely closed I-40 to Asheville has been removed.
The Park's own page has a wealth of noncommercial information including visitation times, phone numbers, addresses, climate, facilities and the like.
This service uses the University of Michigan Geographic Name Server and a supplementary database of world cities to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). If you aren't flying by crow, you can at least get a good idea of distances.
Before you make definite plans or leave home, check the current Smoky Mountain National Park.
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