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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Embrace the trashiness. Check out Ripley’s, Ober Gatlinburg, and a haunted house. Don’t forget the pancakes!


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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Head to Clingmans done and hike a little if the weather holds. It’s worth getting a little wet.

Take a drive to Bryson City. Watch the kayakers at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Float the Nantahala in a two man inflatable. Very fun and cold, wear the wetsuit.

Stop at a Appalachian trail road crossing and hand out some cokes and fresh fruits to hikers. You will meet some interesting folks.


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CAD703X
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
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Gatlinburg is a hell hole right now full of white trash
first time there?


baldona
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Its funny OP keeps saying the weather is terrible all week and everyone keeps telling him to do outdoor activities.

If the weather is bad in Gatlinburg and you don't like your lodging, OP is just fricked.

Just suck it up and enjoy the time inside with the family.


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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Don't be so hard on yourself. Look at it this way...You are NEAR some of the most beautiful and amazing scenery in the country. So, avoid the strip. Plan day trips and picnics to some of the outlying areas that are probably 1-2 hours away. You're always driving around that area anyway, so no big deal.

I have no clue about current conditions due to COVID-19, so check ahead. But here are some recommendations you could look into:

Newport, Tennessee area.


Want to see THE greatest swimming hole? Midnight Hole! We've camped at the marvelous Big Creek Campground. Midnight Hole, an area where Big Creek squeezes between large boulders, forms a deep, beautifully-colored pool.

Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.75222, -83.10889
35°45'8"N, 83°6'32"W

Take I-40 East from Newport, TN approx. 16 miles. Exit I-40 at exit 451 (Waterville). Follow the road past the Walters Power Generating Station to a 4-way intersection. Continue straight through and follow signs to the group camp.


Go white water rafting! Many outfitters on the Pigeon River. It's damn controlled, so check ahead. We went on USA Raft Pigeon River. In Hartford, TN. 1/2 mile off of I-40 @ Exit 447.

USA Raft Pigeon River
Outpost: 423-487-4303
Mobile: 423-608-3276
Email: wduerer@usaraftpigeonriver.com

Smoky Mountain River Rats.

Cades Cove

LINK

One of the prettiest areas of the park. Plenty of hiking options. Can get crowded so check ahead.

You're in a great part of the country! Enjoy the outdoors.
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CHiPs25
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
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per the wife


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drink lots of whiskey

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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Thursday/friday will be the only days we can get any distance from the car. I cant drag her up a mountain in a storm. Yesterday it was a total washout with some lightning mixed in, and it looks like it's about to start again today

We are going get some stuff to cook and close the blinds (so we cant see our nasty neighbors or their loud arse kids 30 feet away) and drink. We'll get up really early tomorrow and go check out some of the driving trails before daylight. Hopefully thursday we can go spend the day hiking.
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Clark W Griswold
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
When people say they went to Gatlinburg and loved it, they didn’t mean hang out on the street for a week. You’re surrounded by the National Park which is the main attraction and depending on time of day and which entrance you take you could spend hours without seeing people. Hang out in the mountains all day and go to town at night to eat maybe. If you don’t have kids you can venture out even further.

Do the Roaring Fork Motor Trail by car and stop at several spots along the way to hike. Bring an ice chest and have a picnic up there somewhere. I’ll say that some of the coolest trails might not be marked so be on the lookout.

Cades Cove will be crazy busy this time of year so avoid that area.


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CAD703X
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
your wife sucks a finding a cabin

the last time we were there our cabin was secluded with a waterfall behind it the kids played in.

you don't go to gatlinburg to hang out w/ other people.


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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Oh, one other thought...

Make sure you close whatever device you're using after you post and not let her see this thread.



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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
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wife sucks a finding a cabin


Yes, she does.


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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Highlands/Cashiers NC. if you are think Tallulah, go here instead.

If you do go to Tallulah, hit up the panther creek falls trail. 3.5 miles in to falls. bring a bathing suit and water shoes


Black rock mountain has some good views as well.

Outdoor gun range in forrest service area if you bring some guns is nearby as well
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Cash
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
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Embrace the trashiness


This can be very fun.


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InThroughTheOutDore
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
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Embrace the trashiness. Check out Ripley’s, Ober Gatlinburg, and a haunted house. Don’t forget the pancakes!


Or the mini-golf!


Nole Man
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Don't miss panning for gold too!


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LSUvegasbombed
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
go to blue ridge, ga


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rich4pres
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
In Gatlinburg there are wine/cider/moonshine sampling about every ten feet. Trust me, it is a blast.


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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
We managed to get some hiking in today, bad weather been close all day but stayed barely west. Thank God for the on-x app.



Nodust
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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Have you been to Elkmont in the park. Bunch of old cabins and houses. Good quick day trip. Walk around in the shade. Not much walking so small showers shouldn’t hurt.

May be a time killer for a morning.


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re: How to salvage my trip: Gatlinburg
Yea, that's where we went today. Theres so many damn people everywhere.

We are going to cover some ground tomorrow.


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