Episode 20 – Cucumber Gap Loop Trail, Wilderness at the Smokies, and Safety at the Trails

In this episode we talk about the historic Cucumber Gap Loop hiking trail, Wilderness at the Smokies resort, and being safe and smart around the trails.


Being safe in the Smokies is really about just being smart.  the Smokies and the trails around it are very safe, but there are ways to help ensure you don’t become the victim of a crime by simply taking a couple of precautions.  First, when you park at a trailhead, don’t leave valuables in your car.  Nothing of value should be visible to would be thieves.  Don’t leave notes saying when you are leaving and coming back.  That is an open invitation for a break in.  And also, do not keep food in your car.  This encourages break ins from the four legged thieves.

The Wilderness at the Smokies:

This place is a sprawling resort complex with two hotels, three water parks, golf course, restaurants, shops, and indoor adventure center.  You can literally make a complete stay just at this resort.  The biggest attraction is the 66,000 square foot indoor water park that is open year round that is included in the price of your stay.  You can find something at just about any budget here, and it won’t cost you much more than it would to stay at a normal hotel that only offers you four walls and a bed to sleep.  Waterparks, golf, laser tag, arcades, rock climbing, and so much more awaits you on your next stay.  Check it out.

Link To Wilderness at the Smokies

Cucumber Gap Loop:

This moderately easy hike is a great 5 mile loop hike in one of the most accessible places in the Smokies at the Elkmont section of the park.  You will see old vacation homes and cabins, Husky Branch Falls, and enjoy peace and serenity while being just steps from the action.  And when you are done, you will still have the energy to enjoy the rest of your day.



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Intro/Outro Music:  ”KM 19″ by “The Breakmen”    www.thebreakmen.com


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