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PillageUrVillage
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Wife and I haven't been on a vacation since we had kids. So we're itching to just go on a trip. We both prefer a sort of nature getaway. So I suggested we head to the mountains. It's been years since we've been to the Smokies, and my wife suggested we go there. But, we've never been with young kids. So I think hiking in the mountains is out of the picture. I'd also like to avoid the carnival that is Pigeon Forge.

Do you guys have any suggestions on kid friendly activities we could do? My kids are 1 and 2 years old. Roadside attractions, short walks, and pretty much anything not too strenuous. And we don't necessarily need to stay in one spot for very long. We just want to get away for a while and enjoy some sites.

TIA

ETA: We're not married to the Smokies idea. Other suggestions are very welcome.

ETA2:

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Highlands NC


Well, we made it up here. Thanks for suggesting this. It's beautiful here. A few pics so far.








Where's my frog rod??

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Other suggestions are very welcome.


Highlands NC


PillageUrVillage
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Highlands NC


Will look into it. Any points of interest or activities you suggest?


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We're not married to the Smokies idea. Other suggestions are very welcome.


Ferriday, LA is lovely this time of year.




You're welcome.


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Will look into it. Any points of interest or activities you suggest?


Tons of hikes and waterfalls with varying degrees of difficulty, white water, lakes, golf, shopping, restaurants, etc...

Asheville is relatively close for a day trip as well


Rent a cabin


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deaconjones35
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Checkout Bear Creek Log Cabins We have been 5 times and it's a perfect place for a getaway with a family with small kids. The owners of these cabins are a really nice couple. They give you access to their entire property which includes a fishing pond loaded with perch and bass, a path to some local trails and you can even go play with their goats. Nearby, Ft. Payne and Mentone have advanced and easy trails, State Parks with waterfalls, cool restaurants etc. It's also only about an hour away from Chattanooga which is a good city to spend the day with children. (Aquarium, Rock City, etc)



PillageUrVillage
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Looks pretty neat! Will definitely pass this one by my supervisor (wife).


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Blah
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Stay on the North Carolina / Blue Ridge side and you cant go wrong. Way less touristy and trashy then the crap show that is Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg


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Leave the kids at Grandma's for the weekend. You and wife get a nice nature getaway.


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PillageUrVillage
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Stay on the North Carolina / Blue Ridge side and you cant go wrong. Way less touristy and trashy then the crap show that is Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg


That's kinda the plan. However, I don't think I can go to the Smoky Mountains without hitting up Cades Cove. Also, I've never actually been to Clingman's Dome. I'd like to see that as well.

Doing a little bit of browsing while I can here at work, I came across this place near Highlands, NC. Dry Falls.
Image: http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/dry131_raw.jpg


Right off of the side of the road. This is exactly the type of things we'll be looking for with 2 small kids. My wife is no fan of laborious hiking either.

I'm starting to think that we might do a "road trip with frequent stops" type of vacation. I'd like to at least have some sort of plan in place. But I'll be willing to call an audible if necessary.

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Leave the kids at Grandma's for the weekend. You and wife get a nice nature getaway.


Maybe for a weekend, but not for a whole week. My wife wouldn't go for that.
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Doing this next summer. Can't wait

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TigerOnTheMountain
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My family had a house here growing up and we visited every summer until my dad sold the place to the dismay of my mother. Highlands is beautiful in the summer especially and within a relatively short drive of Franklin, Hayesville, Asheville and Boone. I would suggest Byrson City. Deep Creek isn't far, offers tons of family friendly hikes and tubing, and the road to no where is a cool place to visit. Downtown is awesome and the Nantahala Brewery has an LSU flag hanging over the bar.




ETA:
I'm hiking from Clingmans to Deep Creek the weekend of the 8th. Ditch the kids and come with if you'd like. I promise to not chop you into little pieces.
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Awesome! From Highlands, NC just drive North to Bryson City / Nantahala area. You can take the short drive to Cherokee, NC (Don't stay there) and enter the Smokies National Park from that side and drive to Clingmans Dome. I recently got back from a trip using Helen, Ga as my go through stop off (look it up its a little Bavarian City tucked away in the mountains) and Tubed and hiked the Deep Creek area of the smokies in Bryson City.


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PillageUrVillage
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I promise to not chop you into little pieces.




Thanks for all the tips guys! This should help me put together a swell getaway with the family. We'll be going in August.

Maybe when the kids are older we'll go back and do some of the more challenging hikes. My wife has this irrational fear that my kids will fall off the top of a mountain, so I have to stick with safe activities for now.
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Rather than start a new topic, I'll just hijack this one.

We're planning a trip to Smokies next month (myself, wife, 2 year old). Are there any cabins with good fishing(not fly fishing) in walking distance...also any recommended guides in the area?


PillageUrVillage
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I can't help you with that, but hopefully someone here can and you get the info you need.

Small update: After discussions with the wife, we will be heading to Highlands and Bryson City. We will be enjoying a relaxing trip with little pressure to do a lot of stuff. We will go see some of the beauty nature has to offer us up there (waterfalls, gardens, mountains, etc.). My wife has agreed that hikes no longer than a half mile will be no problems with the kids. She wants to do the train ride to the Nantahala Gorge and spend some time in the Deep creek area. Also venture into the national park and see Clingmans dome, Cades Cove, etc.

I will probably have to clean my phone out to make enough room for pictures.

If I get some good outdoor photography, I will share with you guys when we get back. Thanks for all the help.

One last request if anyone can help with it. Good, fair priced lodging in the Highlands and Bryson City area? TIA
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I hear the mountains of Afghanistan are breathtaking this time of year.


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PillageUrVillage
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Photos added to OP
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They being 1 & 2 won't remember it anyway, leave them with the in-laws and take your wife somewhere for uninterrupted sex.


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Lake ouachita, AR


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