In Episode 21, we talk about News From Around the Mountains, review the Day Hiker store in Gatlinburg, reveal our Top Five Must Do’s in/around the Smoky Mountains, and of course, our Spotlight Hike of the Week….Baskins Creek Falls.
The overnight fee for campsites and shelters in the park are being challenged in court. Opponents say it violates the charter to charge for use of the park.
Dollywood has opened! The park will be open daily for many months to come. You can get the complete schedule HERE.
THE DAY HIKER:
The Day Hiker has been the go-to gear store around the Smokies for decades. It is nested in the heart of Gatlinburg in the Village shopping center and offers a little bit of everything. Though small by any gear store standards, the store has a friendly and knowledgeable staff about gear and the mountains around you. Check them out on your next trip for all your gear needs. You can access them directly HERE.
Top 5 Must Do’s in the Smokies:
#5-Eat at the Park Grill-This sophisticated casual restaurant in Gatlinburg combines great dining (STEAKS) and relaxed atmosphere. Though a bit pricey, the experience is worth every penny.
#4-Tubing in Townsend-Townsend has the best blend of relaxing waterways and rapids to make this place a tuber’s paradise.
#3-Horseback Riding in Cades Cove-This place offers the best views and experience of any place in the Smokies for horseback riding. Leave the car behind and enjoy.
#2-Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen-This place has it all. Great sweets, historic location, and wonderful atmosphere. There is something for everyone in this unique sweet shop.
#1-Go for A Hike-The areas around the Smokies are popular because of the mountains. Get out there and enjoy them. There is nothing like being on a hike, whether headed to LeConte or simply a quiet walkway.
BASKINS CREEK FALLS:
Perhaps the best overlooked hike in the national park. This 3 mile round-trip hike leaves the crowds behind and rewards you with serenity and a terrific waterfall.
To get to the trailhead, take traffic light 8 in Gatlinburg to Cherokee Orchard Road. Follow this until you reach Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. You can park at the parking area .2 mile in, or park at the gate when it is closed in winter.
This is a moderate hike that will leave you as invigorated as it does relaxed. Not to be missed. You can find more information about the hike HERE.
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Intro/Outro Music: ”KM 19″ by “The Breakmen” www.thebreakmen.com