In Episode 14 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we talk about getting stuck on a one-way road with knowing where you will end up, discuss the news of the week, offer our Tip of the Week, and go into depth about our Spotlight Hike of the Week, Abrams Falls hiking trail.
One-Way Road Madness:
Cades Cove-11 mile, one-way loop road with two shortcuts on your left (Hyatt Lane and Sparks Lane). This road is also the location of Elijah Oliver Place, the John Oliver Cabin, and Abrams Falls. This road is paved and open year road (weather permitting) and spits you out where you began.
Rich Mountain Road is a one way road that starts in Cades Cove and ends in Townsend. This 12 mile road is unpaved and tough to navigate in bad weather. It is closed between November 18 and March 21. One of the best places in the park to see wildlife
Parson Branch Road is a one-way road that starts in Cades Cove and ends on Hwy. 321 near Fontana. This 8 mile road is very rough and takes about an hour to pass. It is only open from April 17-November 11 and offers great trail connections to Gregory Bald and Hannah Mountain with campsites on both sides. Watch for downed trees and limbs on this hike.
Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain Roads are two-way for the first part, and one way for the rest. It starts along the BLue Ridge Parkway and ends near the Smokemont Campground. There are great views due to the high elevation at over 5,000 feet and offer hiking and monuments. It closed during the winter months like most of the others.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a 6 mile loop that begins in Gatlinburg on traffic light 8 and ends in Gatlinburg near the winery. This paved road is open April 6-November 30 and has great trail access to Trilllium Gap and Grotto Falls. Use caution during bad weather and take it slow.
Spotlight Hike of the Week: Abrams Falls
5 mile round trip, moderate hike beginning in Cades Cove
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Intro/Outro Music: “KM 19” by “The Breakmen” www.thebreakmen.com