Gatlinburg, TN & Smoky Mountains National Park
October 12-14, 2017
After a successful, though expensive repair visit for our electric awning in Nashville, TN, we continued eastward to Gatlinburg, TN, where we camped at the Twin Creek RV Resort for a few nights. Despite peak leaf-peeping season, we managed to snag a nice site there, which was great for us. The campground is pleasant and the location is convenient, just across the road from a grocery store, within easy reach of downtown Gatlinburg and all it has to offer.
On our way to Gatlinburg, we ran into one of their typical epic traffic jams, heading into Pigeon Forge. Our GPS suggested an alternate route through town, so we decided to give it a shot. On the plus side, the alternate route was legit, and it saved us a ton of time. On the negative side, the alternate route was ridiculously narrow and twisty for anyone pulling an RV. It turns out that here, more than almost anywhere else we've been, anything off the main road is completely inadequate for anything but local traffic with small vehicles. No RV's need apply! We made it through the shortcut without incident, but we sure had several major scares along the way. Would not do it again, can't recommend it. If you're driving or pulling an RV of any size, stick to the main roads when in the Smokies.
While in Gatlinburg we visited their craft fair at the convention center, which was fun. We also discovered, as we walked up and down the main drag, that we've seen enough of Gatlinburg to last us a lifetime. We've been there a number of times, and at this point we've seen enough taffy shops, candle shops, chainsaw carvings and other whatnot to fill our Gatlinburg basket to overflowing. If you've never been, you should definitely check it out, but after visiting several times, we're finally done.
The Smokies, on the other hand, are still mystical, marvelous and beautiful. They are absolutely worth seeing again and again, at all times of the year. They are different enough every time to merit another look. Pictures of both Gatlinburg and the Smokies follow. Enjoy!