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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2014
Does anyone know any good ghost stories in the Smokies?  (1 Answer)

Are there any good ghost tales surrounding the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee? I love picking up stories to tell around the camp fire.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2014
fall color  (2 Answers)

we want to see the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smokey Mountains; is the best time for fall color early or late October?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2013
When is the best time for fall foliage?  (3 Answers)

Will oct 20 to 26 be ok?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2012
road trip to nashville  (2 Answers)

How is the weather in the smokey mountains during the first week in November. I would like to have a beautiful,scenic drive with the WOW factor of the first time viewing of the smokey mountains.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2012
Weather and colours in September  (2 Answers)

Hello - we're considering a trip in September to revisit the Appalachians and ending up in GSMNP - we'd probably be there around the 3rd or 4th week of September.
Are we likely to see any fall colours that early in the year?
What sort of weather should we expect? Is the area prone to rainstorms/high winds at this time of year (we'd be in a little tent!) or is it still quite summery?
Many thanks, Karen

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2011
What are the best hiking/camping trails in the Smoky Mountains during Spring?  (1 Answer)

My boyfriend and I are heading there for a week in May. We are very interesting in overnight hikes, great scenery, etc. I definitely want to see the waterfalls too. Any suggestions as to where we should check out?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2010
road and staying tips :)  (1 Answer)

hi everyone...

this my first time in usa since 15 years
iam comming to great smoky mountins this summer from 12 to 14 of july by a car from newyork.

i am asking u if u know any good places in the road to stop by (nature)i mean

and iam planning to stay at gatlinburg if u know any good capins with a GREAT view and good price :)

thank u..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2009
Smoky Mountains In Fall - Several Questions!  (1 Answer)

Okay I am going to be in the Smoky Mountains very briefly in the fall. I will be there Thursday and Friday October 22 & 23. On Friday I really won't be there for very long - I will be driving into the park in the evening and driving to Clingman's dome to see the view and enjoy the sunset there! After that I am going to drive to stay in a hotel in either Maggie Valley or Cherokee, NC. Friday I will be doing a bit more of the touristy stuff on the NC side of the mountains. Here come the questions:

From everything I hear the traffic can get pretty bad around there in the fall. On a Thursday evening how bad do you think the traffic will be on 441. I am going to be driving down there during the day and trying to make it to Clingman's Dome with enough time to have at least a half hour to relax before watching the sunset. So my question is about how long should I give myself to drive from Gatlinburg to Clingmans dome? Also, approximately how long does it take to hike to the top of the Clingman's dome? I want to have an idea of what time I need to be leaving Gatlinburg in order to get there with plenty of time to see the view as well as watch the sunset!

On that Friday I will be planing to do some driving and fall color sight seeing! I will be staying on the North Carolina side of the mountains because by the end of the day I have to be in Greenville, NC.

- Does anyone have any places the recommend on the NC side of the mountains to go see some wonderful fall colors? Also, I love taking pictures so places for photographing the colors would be great too!!

- I am thinking about taking a drive either on Heintooga Ridge Road and/or Balsam Mountain Road OR in Cataloochee....... Which one do you recommend for viewing fall colors, beautiful scenery & even maybe some wildlife?? If you recommend somewhere else that is on that side of the mountains I am open to that as well!! Also, how bad is the traffic in fall in those areas? Is either of them less busy usually? This also might sound weird but I have a major fear of heights that I might just have to deal with because I know some of the roads I have been on by the Mountains before have drops offs right by the edge, etc. But how are the roads for these places or anywhere you are recommending to me? Like I said I might just have to deal with my fear - but it is always good to know that ahead of time!!

Well for now that is all the questions - I might come up with more as it gets closer! Also, if you want to give me any information that might help me please do! I really appreciate it!!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2008
Winter Photo Ideas

I will be near the park the first week in February. Would like to take some winter photos. I am interested to hear if anyone has specific locations they think would be good for me to try. Are there major road closings in the park at that time and if so will I still be able to find some areas to take these winter photos?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2008
best area to stay for day hikes  (1 Answer)

Iam visitng from Uk for 5 days and want to do some day hikes, I have been told pigeon falls is a good central base, I will have a car .I will be visitng in May, advice please on good hikes of 4-5 hour duration, and places to stay

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2008
Has anyone stayed at Smoky Cove Resort near the Smokies?

We're trying to find a nice cabin near the Smoky Mountains to rent for a family reunion. Has anyone stayed in any of the cabins at Smoky Cove Resort? I found a cabin on their website that I really liked. It was called Pinnacle Vista. Any experience with this place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2008
planing a hike on GSM NP

I am coming up that way from Florida, trying to decide where to hike and am overwhelmed with the many options. What are the best hike on the east side of the park? Hoping to do a 3 night backcountry trip, so is there a good loop? Or just an out and back? Or a bunch of different hikes? Also, if anyone is familiar with hikes in Nantahala, what are the best longer hikes in there and must sees?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2008
Best place to stay to visit Great Smoky NAtional PArk  (1 Answer)

It's time to plan our summer 2009 family reunion. Our grown kids are all outdoor people who love hiking and water sports. We'd like to be near the Great Smoky National Park. Do you suggest staying in NC or Tenn? I found many lovely rental vacation homes in Maggie Valley, NC. Is that convenient for the park? We don't want to drive an hour each time we go into the park.
Thank you in advance for your responses.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2007
Smoky during Christmas

We are planning to visit the Smoky Mountains on 23rd and 24th of December, 2007. Is it a good time? What activities can we do or what will be open at that time. Also please can you suggest a good place to stay.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2007
what to see  (4 Answers)

my husband and me, we will go smokey mountains - ashveille - at second half of november.
we will spend one week. we would like to see as much as possible. any kind of recommendation would be helpfull.

thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2007
Best "starting" point  (1 Answer)

Hello, a friend and I wanted to meet up in the Smokey Mountains (she'll be driving from Northern Kentucky and I will be flying from Key West, Florida). What do you think is the best meeting point? I saw flights were cheap to Charlotte, NC, but how far from the Smoky's is Charlotte and would that be too out of my friends way to drive (to pick me up)? Would it be better to meet at an airport in Tennessee? If so, Knoxville or Chatanooga? Both looked close to the mountains.
Basically, what location would be more convienant to meet someone, then drive to the Smoky's???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2004
3 days/ 2 nights vacation smoky mountains and dollywood  (3 Answers)

I would like to visit the smoky mountains and dollywood in June 2005. I only have 3 days/2 nights. I need accommodation and as i do not drive I will need to travel by bus. Can anyone help please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2004
Can you recommend rental cabin in Smokey Mts. area?  (2 Answers)

I am looking for that pergect getaway cabin south of Smokey Mountains Nat'k Park. Can anyone recommend a small cabin, on water-lake, creek, river, secluded, fire pit, outdoor hot tub and less than750.? We have camped for 25 yrs. and have explored much of the mountains, but are ready to try something different, without the children. Views are great but prefer water near cabin for that romantic week long getaway from Florida. I appreciate any suggestions anyone may have. Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2004
two week driving holiday  (3 Answers)

Hi all, I'm wanting to come back to the states for my holiday next july and am unsure of where to go for a driving holiday that could be filled with lots to see and do. I love nature trails etc and came across this page detailing the Smoky mountains which looks like a beautiful place and somewhere that you'd have no problem filling your days by exploring. Is this near to Dolly Partons home town, are there other places to spend a bit of time nearby etc...I'd love to spend time in this part of the states but would like to know if there is enough to occupy me throughout a two week stay.....How far away are other parks etc....Thanks for your help guys...

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