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There are Thirteen of us headed down to TN in July, Six adults, Four teens, Three youngsters. Has anyone stayed in the Pigeon Forge area before? Not concerned about the touristy things i.e Dollywood etc. Looking for some hiking/fishing areas close by that are nice.

Any reccomendations would be helpful. It's been about Thirty years since I have been down to that part of TN....
 

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Was there a few years ago for a wedding. Didn't get to do much exploring but there is some good BBQ around there.
 

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Beautiful country! We stayed in Gatlinburg. We ate in some nights, and out on others.
Cades Cove - as early or late in the day as possible.
Grotto Falls - It's uphill both ways lol
Clingmans Dome - A great view.

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Thanks Eddie....


Also checking out Douglas Lake for some fishing. Lots of trout streams near where we are staying too. Someone mentioned Smokey Mountian Knife Works? Anyone been there?

From what I understand, we are in the Sevierville area. NPS says there is a landslide that closed 441 so not sure if We can get to Cherokee via that route.

 

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I went last August and it was a great trip. We stayed in Gaitlinburg. I think Pigeon Forge just had some wild fires goin on down there, not sure how much burned though...Cades cove is a must to do, it was almost an hour from Gaitlinburg if I remember (windy road). Like already mentioned, go early or early evening..We went first thing in the morning and saw bear, deer, and turkeys...Awesome eats especially bbq...

We rented a boat at Douglass to fish, but with the hot weather, we swam most of the time..The lake was low last year and just today I seen pics and the water is 30ft low...2 of the lakes coves just had a stream running through them probably not more than a foot deep.

It rained hard every afternoon for a few hours, so we did the touristy stuff in the morning and after dinner time. Went to Bass pro the same day as the lake... did the zip line tour, which was awesome!! Highly recommended!! Definatly going to go back. Have fun, you'll enjoy yourselves!!
 

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Be extremely careful in the National Park - the speed limit is only 25 MPH and they set up radar like every mile - is a speed trap for sure - and the fines are stiff cause it is FEDERAL - going over from pigeon forge to Gatlinburg be careful!!!!
 

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Thanks for all the great tips. I did know of the fires last week. (We are safe) from that area of PF. A few miles away. Good to know abou the NPS speed limits.


We (three families) are getting together in Mid April to dicuss all our options of things to do while we are there. I'm sure the boys are going to want to do some fishing, and I know my wife and son want to try and get to the Smoky Mountian Knife works if possible. I have seen a few other things for the kids as well. Mostly my wife and I are looking at the hiking trails and seeing whats best for that time of year. i.e camelbacks, etc. We are trying to see what waterfalls we want to check out and how the stream are running.....hopefully they are good to go.
 

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Dingo, we did not make it to the SM knife works. But, I have a couple friends that stopped there. They loved it. We did hit the Bass Pro. I was a little under the weather while we were there, so I missed a couple days. What a vacation! I have three books you may want to look into "Waterfalls of the Smokies" Hubbs, Maynard, and Morris; "Exploring the Smokies" by Rose Houk; and "Smokies Road Guide" by Jerry DeLaughter. All good resources. The Great Smokey Mountain Assoc also publishes several guides. There is one on Day hikes. You can pick it up for about a buck on their site. It shows a bunch of hikes, and gives a little blurb on each route. If I had some way to get these to ya, I'd let ya borrow them. I'll go back one day, so I want to keep the set.

I'm serious though, you need to check out Grotto falls. They say it's 2.6 miles, and of "moderate" difficulty. I thought it was tougher than that. Too old and fat I guess. The day we were up there we shared the trail with a wagon train of llama's bringing stuff off the mountain from LeConte Lodge. It was pretty cool to see. We were there in July as well. The day we went up to Clingmans Dome, you needed a jacket. It was like 10am overcast, and then rain. Hopefully, the mess on 441 does not prevent you from getting Clingmans Dome.
 

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Thanks Eddie, that's helpful info. I'm pretty sure my niece has the Waterfalls book already! She mentioned it but I will confirm with her this month.

Thanks again!
 

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ME and my wife went there last September......we actually stayed outside of Gatlinburg, which is a little closer to the National Park. It was a very nice place to go, and there was a lot of things to do in and around the park for the outdoor minded people. There are several driving tour loops, which are worth taking a look at. They take you in loops through some of the frontier cabins, and offer information about the cabins, and the people whim lived there. We also saw a lot of wildlife on those tours. There is also a lot of hiking trails, and most of them arent too bad of a hike. If you go to some of the local businesses there, or the Park Ranger Station, they have maps with all of the driving trails, and hiking trails on them. It is definitely worth checking out.
 

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Thanks Buckshot....We keep finding more and more things to do. I think we are actually in Seiverville. I'm sure we are goin to have a balst. I have a buddy who is headed down next week for the Bronco Super Celebration. I think this is his second year headed down for that. He doesn't ever want to come home..
 

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Thanks Buckshot....We keep finding more and more things to do. I think we are actually in Seiverville. I'm sure we are goin to have a balst. I have a buddy who is headed down next week for the Bronco Super Celebration. I think this is his second year headed down for that. He doesn't ever want to come home..
Seiverville still isn't far from the park, or Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Ther were some outlet stores and such right there in Seivervile, along with Smokey Mtn. Knife Works. I checked out a few outlets (Lodge Cast Iron, and Coleman) and The Knife Works. The Knife works is neat, and worth checking out if you have a little free time. There is a lot of stuff to do in Pigeon Forge, most of it touristy stuff, but it may be worth checking out at night time. We went to a few dinner shows (Which interested me about 0%), but they turned out to be better than I thought. Gatlinburg does have a lot of stuff to do in town to, a lot of touristy stuff there too, but there is an aerial tramway that was pretty neat to take a ride on.....as well as their own version of the Seattle Space Needle. One thing worth checkingt out in town though is the Ole Smokey moonshine distillery, and there are also several wineries in town. That would be more so stuff you could do at night, when the park is closed. Either way, it is an excellent area for a family-esque vacation, and I will probably go back at some point in the near future.

Oh yea, I almost forgot we also did a zipline tour with Climbworks Canopy........a little expensive, but it was fun and worth doing. FWIW I checked out a lot of the zipline places (there are a lot) and Climbworks seemed to be the most reputable, and safest looking out of all of them....
 

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Two thingss are def on the list. Knife works and smokey mnt moonshine. Coleman is out.....(long story, but its a family fued involving my neice's husband) lol. Def appreciate the zipline info. The teenagers will love it!

We are all very excited. Heading down next weekend to my cousins in Red Lion to start discussing what we will be looking at doing. I'm taking the spinners for the kids to fish and I'm gonna take the fly rod. My buddy is checking the lake levels down there next week. Really looking forward to it. I have not been back to TN in 30 years.
 
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