Episode 27 – Listener Feedback, Santa’s Land, and the Maddron Bald Loop Hike

This week on Episode 27, I tackle our listener questions as we open our email queue, visit Santa’s Land in Cherokee, NC, and attempt our first overnight hike of the podcast, the Maddron Bald Loop in Cosby.


Santa’s Land

Santa’s Land in Cherokee, NC is a destination that many overlook.  It is designed for younger visitors (about 10 and under) and offers small coasters, and smaller rides like boats, carousels, and more.  A magic show can be seen each day at the Jingle Bell Theatre, and there is even a small zoo where guests can get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife including goats, deer, turkeys, and even bears.  It is a little pricey at 20 bucks a piece, but does offer free parking and reasonably priced food and souvenirs.  This is a great place for a family with young ones to spend a half-day when traveling in the Smoky Mountains.  For more details, visit SmokyMountainsRadio.com

Santa’s Land Website


Maddron Bald Loop

The Maddron Bald Loop is a 17.8 mile strenuous hike located in the Cosby section of the Smoky Mountains.  This hike combines the Gabes Mountain Trail, Maddron Bald Trail, and the Snake Den Ridge Trail for a great loop experience.  There are two overnight campsites (#38 and #29).  This trail is best done as an overnight hike, but can be done in two nights or as a tough day hike.  Highlights include Henwallow Falls, old growth forests, Maddron Bald, and terrific views.  This hike is not for the beginner, but makes a great hike for those with some backpacking experience.




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

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