The Great Smoky Mountains is peaceful, has rivers dressed with rhododendrons on the banks, and vivid autumn colors that begin during October in the higher elevations and sprawl down to the lower elevations as the month blends into November. Since the park is so diverse and covers such a large area, planning a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains can be overwhelming and exciting all at the same time.
This blog is designed to make planning easier when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains.
THE LOWER ELEVATION OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Twenty-five minutes from Bearfoot Paradise Cabin you will find the closest entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park to Cades Cove via Townsend. When driving through beautiful Wears Valley on the valley floor, you will realize this is a lower elevation. This area of the Smoky Mountains offers the best year round experience. In the summer you will find the streams and rivers full of water to exit your car and take a refreshing dip. In the winter, the roads are more flat. The spring and autumn some of the most vibrant flora in the park. Cades Cove is the most visited historical area of the national park that includes an eleven mile loop of original log cabin homesteads. These settlers of the area made their home here before the Smoky Mountains were made a national park.
If hiking is one of our favorite activities, the Abrams Falls hike is one of the most popular waterfall trails in the park, as well as the beautiful Rich Mountain Loop Trail. Abrams Creek is a favorite place for rafting and kayaking with rushing waters.
If riding a bicycle is a favorite past time, this area of the park will be your favorite place. The loop road is closed to vehicles from May through September on Wednesday and Saturday, making this a perfect time for cyclists and walking through the park a prime activity.
Bearfoot Adventure Cabin is a quick 15 minutes from Gatlinburg without heavy traffic. Gain access to the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg and a short drive to Sugarlands Visitor Center to start your excursion.