My Breathtaking Trip To The Great Smoky Mountains Last Year
The Great Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to visit, known as an International Biosphere Reserve.
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Last October, we took a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to enjoy fall color. It is one of the most popular national parks famous for its magical, smoky haze. It’s located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.
We were traveling in a group of 3 families, 6 adults, and 4 kids. We flew in from Houston, Texas, to Georgia Atlanta, then drove from Georgia airport to Bryson City, North Carolina. By the time we reached our cottage, it was past midnight at about 1 am in morning. The distance from Bryson city to Smoky Mountain was about 20 miles, but because of the reduced speed limit and winding roads, it took us about 2 hours to reach there. So, next time we visit, we plan to stay somewhere closer like Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.
The Great Smoky Mountains – Day 1
The plan was to visit the Clingmans Dome and Laurel Fall. Even though we slept late, we woke up very early to enjoy the freshness of the air. As national parks have very few options to eat, we decided to carry our lunch and snacks for the day. The drive from Bryson City to Clingmans Dome was scenic. The leaves of trees were starting to change to beautiful vibrant fall colors. We often stopped to enjoy the view and were lucky enough to spot some elks on our way. Leaving the children excited and full of energy. We have been to many zoos, but seeing the animals in their natural habitat just could not compare.
After reaching the parking lot of Clingmans Dome, we took a steep 1-mile hike to reach the observation tower, which is situated at an elevation of 6,643ft, the highest point in Smokies.
The view from the top was worth the climb. Blessed with great weather and clear skies, making it even more spectacular. After getting out of the Clingmans Dome area, we headed towards Laurel Fall. The hike to Laurel Fall was 2 miles, but the paved trails made it easier to walk. On our way, we saw lush plant life. Our day ended with a warm campfire, it was a hectic day, but we all enjoyed every part of it.
The Great Smoky Mountains – Day 2
The next day we started early and headed for Cades Cove. On the way, the mountains appeared as if covered in smoke. On one side of the road was a stream, and the other had big colorful trees. The 11 mile Cades Cove loop through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was scenic with the backdrop of mountain peaks and lush rolling greens. Spotting animals like Whitetail Deer, coyote, elk, fox, and black bear are common in the loop. We saw a few deer and a black bear.
The trip was enjoyable because of the company of some awesome friends. The sheer beauty of the Smoky Mountains was mesmerizing.