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Old 12-12-2008, 08:06 PM   #15
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If anyone has specific questions, please post. Please remember that those really are "wild" animals in the park.....some folks have paid the price of forgetting that.

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What about critter regs? We NEVER camp without our Pooch.

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Old 12-12-2008, 08:33 PM   #16
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Elkmont is great, somewhere around Townsend is best IMHO. Far fewer tourists and traffic. Check to see what events are occurring when yopu plan on going if there is a big event stay far away from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Like someone said make sure and check out Cades Cove and Laurel falls as well as the sinks and the aquarium is worth seeing especially with kids.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:15 PM   #17
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For the boondockers out there Cosby Campground in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is a great place to camp. However it is like Elkmont in that it doesn't have full hook ups and it doesn't have hot water. It is quite beautiful however and off the beatin path so to speak. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and there is a good chance of seeing bear while visiting. Just outside of park entrance in Cosby there are hot showers to be had for like 50 cents. It is about 30 minutes from the tourists traps. It is closed during the winter. Other campgrounds in the park are Look Rock, Abrams Creek, Cades cove, Elkmont, Deep Creek, Smokemont, Chattaloochee, Big Creek and Balsam Mountain. I don't believe all have RV sites however. I know the Cosby campground does have some RV sites. Google Cosby campground for more info.
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What about critter regs?

Bob,

You shouldn't have a problem at any of the campgrounds......usual rules apply, e.g. certain breed restrictions, 6' leash, etc. Here is a link to the Elkmont info: Facility Details - ELKMONT (TN), Tn - Recreation.gov
There is an internal link that will take you to the applicable info on pets.

We travel with our 14 yr. old Basenji......she is deaf, and has to go pee about as often as me! But, she is a family member who can't be left behind.....so I understand. I would not recommend (I think it may be prohibited) taking a pet on the hiking trails. Laurel Falls is an easy, short hike on an improved trail. We have met black bears along the way, and it would have been unwise to have had a pet with us. The fastest human alive cannot outrun a black bear.....and, unlike grizzlies, they can climb trees.

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Old 12-13-2008, 12:33 AM   #19
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Jonesborough, Tennessee!

Jonesborough, Tennessee is approximately an hour away from Pigeon Forge. It's a great day trip.

Jonesborough is Tennessee's oldest town and was a stop for the Underground Railroad. It's filled with beautiful old homes and buildings. The folks are friendly and welcoming. There are some charming cafes and restaurants.

Our modest home on Sisters' Row is right on the main street. We've attached an image below and included links so that you can take an electronic tour of Jonesborough if you wish.

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I also forgot, if you stay at Cosby campground you can go eat at the Front Porch in Cosby. It's a mexican resteraunt with live Bluegrass music on Fri. and Sat. night. Bring your own adult beverages. Please tip the band they play for free. There is also the Apple Orchard resteraunt that overlooks a beautiful little babbling brook.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:37 AM   #21
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What about critter regs?

Bob,

You shouldn't have a problem at any of the campgrounds......usual rules apply, e.g. certain breed restrictions, 6' leash, etc. Here is a link to the Elkmont info: Facility Details - ELKMONT (TN), Tn - Recreation.gov
There is an internal link that will take you to the applicable info on pets.

We travel with our 14 yr. old Basenji......she is deaf, and has to go pee about as often as me! But, she is a family member who can't be left behind.....so I understand. I would not recommend (I think it may be prohibited) taking a pet on the hiking trails. Laurel Falls is an easy, short hike on an improved trail. We have met black bears along the way, and it would have been unwise to have had a pet with us. The fastest human alive cannot outrun a black bear.....and, unlike grizzlies, they can climb trees.

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Thanks Sargent Major, opps rong branch. Love the avitar.

Looks like the Spring would be one of the best times to visit,maybe we can change our plans.
This Winter crap is already get'n old.
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Roaring fork trail is an auto driving loop right in downtown Gatlinburg. Takes an hour or so and goes up onto the mountain side. If it rains, don't miss the drive the next day and you will get to see why it is called roaring fork.
Crafters loop road north and east of town. Excellent for the wife but, probably not the kids.

Clingmans Dome on the route from Gatlinburg to Cherokee is a great view and good exercise. Drive to Cherokee and back is a nice half day trip.

Check that no car shows, etc. are in town the same weekend. The place can be impossible.

Beautiful drive along the river from the National park office to Cades Cove.

Reservations required it you plan to stay at Elkmont, Smokemont, or Cades Cove.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:10 AM   #23
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If you have a new engine then you should be good to go. I think the 1991 olds had a 305 cubic inch engine. It should do the job. . I pulled my 27' Overlander with my dodge ram 1500 4.7L engine and it worked great. It was challenged a bit pulling through the tennessee mountains going up hill. That was about a 30 minute job for the engine but other wise it pulled it without any problems. I think you will be fine.

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Great help! Sounds like we picked a perfect family vacation destination!

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If you have a new engine then you should be good to go. I think the 1991 olds had a 305 cubic inch engine. It should do the job................ I think you will be fine.

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Thanks for the encouragement. For the moment I feel good. You're right. We'll be fine. But I can turn on a dime. Our breakdown in Florida was so terribly traumatic that I'm gunshy. We swapped our 305 engine with a Chevy 350 engine - hubby says it pulls great. The lure of the adventure has me discarding fear and logic - and alternate options for the financially challenged are limited - we love to travel so......travel we will! Luckily our friends will be coming along and he just happens to be the mechanic who installed our new engine. I can handle a breakdown - I'm an old pro. IT's the drama I never expected that has me quivering.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:01 AM   #25
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Sounds like there is some serious interest. How 'bout we take over a campground, bring our Flamingos and have some real FUN.
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so much ood advice. we go there alot and there is much to do. we go on alot of hiking trails but with the little one the long trails may not be good for them. there are alot of short trails and most all are fairly easy hike. several in cades cove, abrams falls would be good. you`ll have a ball just get brohsures and make plan are you`ll
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sorry dont know what happened there lol! anyway you`ll waste alot oftime trying to decide what to do next. have fun we`ll be there in january freezing i hope, just not with the as.
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The kids may enjoy the Ober Gatlinburg area. You can ride an aerial tram from downtown Gatlinburg to get there, or drive up the mountain. There's an ice skating rink, snow skiing (manmade snow most of the time), chairlifts to the top of the mountain for an awesome view, and several other kid friendly attractions. Do a search online for "Ober Gatlinburg" and you should find some information.
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