Motorcycle Trails!

 

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Gatlinburg, TN has attracted many visitors traveling by motorcycle over the years. With it’s winding roads and gorgeous mountain views, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful place to have fun riding motorcycles and take in the beauty of the mountains. Throughout the many different motorcycles trails there are quaint mountain tours offering culture and history to visitors. Stop in each town and have a meal and discover what the natives have to offer. The trails range from moderate in difficulty to strenuous in difficulty for all levels of experienced drivers. Have fun and remember to always put safety first when riding!

Here is a complied list of great motorcycle trail in the Smokies:

  1. Gatlinburg, TN tour NC, TN- Approximately 225 miles round trip. Travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway heading West and onto Gatlinburg, TN. Abrp terrific road with abundant scenery. Time permitting, drive onto Pigeon Forge, TN and then return home after lunch.
  2. Cherohala Skyway tour NC, TN- Approximately 320 miles round trip. Truly a road in the sky! Typically less traffic than the Blue Ridge Parkway and much more isolated. Arrive in Tellico Plains, TN and have lunch along the river. Return home on the same road with a totally different view of the scenery.
  3. Cherokee/Casino tour NC- Approximately 180 miles round trip. Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway over to Cherokee and learn about the Indian heritage in the area. If you are a gambler, Harrah’s Casino offers an abundance of gambling diversions to take your money.
  4. biltmorefront3Biltmore Estate tour NC- Approximately 65 miles round trip. Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway into Asheville and then to the Biltmore Estate, “America’s Castle”. Spend as much time as you like exploring the Estate and Gardens and have lunch while you are there.
  5. Oconee Forest/ Highlands tour NC, SC and GA- Approximately 150 miles round trip. Travel through a canopied forest and up a back road to highlandsHighlands. This is one of the more spectacular curvy mountain roads around. Have lunch in the quaint mountain village of Highlands and experience some great shopping afterwards and then head home.
  6. Deals Gap tour NC, TN- Approximately 200 miles round trip. Travel to Bryson City and beyond to Deals Gap and the “Tail of the Dragon”, 318 turns in 11 miles. This is the longest trail in the Smokies, but possibly the most rewarding.tail of the dragon
  7. Hot Springs tour NC- Approximately 160 miles round trip. Travel scenic mountain roads to North Carolina’s only natural hot water springs/baths. Be careful, the springs really relax you.
  8. The Newport Trail tour TN- Enjoy scenery of mountain streams, rivers, mountain coves and valleys, town of Newport, TN and the river gorge.
  9. The Dandridge/ Douglas Lake Trail tour TN- Enjoy scenery of mountain streams, river gorge, mountain coves, mountain lake, historic town of Dandridge, TN, Douglas dam and bypass around Pigeon Forge, TN.
  10. The Waynesville/ Cherokee Trail tour NC, TN- Enjoy scenery of mountain streams, river-cut canyon through the Great Smoky Mountains, quaint mountain resort towns and the Cherokee Indian National Reservation. A final ride over the high range of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a grand finale for this scenic and entertaining trail.
  11. The Maggie Valley/ Blue Ridge Parkway Trail tour NC, TN- Enjoy scenery of mountain streams, river-cut canyon through the Great Smoky Mountains, a quaint mountain resort town with regional amusement park combined with spectacular views at roadside overlooks, picnic areas and quiet trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway for one of the most popular motorcycle trails for locals and visitors alike.

Stay at an authentic mountain cabin with ERA In The Smokies and travel to all of the fun motorcycle trails!

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Let It Snow!!!

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Snow is more controversial than I ever thought possible! We have quite a few people who come here looking, hoping, praying for snow. We also have several people who are afraid of snow, or rather what it might do to the roads. In Gatlinburg we do occasionally get some snow, although rarely more than an inch. And it usually melts the next day. Here are some tips on how to enjoy (or survive) the winter weather here in the mountains!

Rent a Cabin in the Higher Elevations!1. Finding the Snow!
If you are one of those people who wants the snow, be encouraged! Just rent a cabin in a higher elevation, and chances are, if there’s the slightest chance of precipitation, it’ll snow at your cabin. If it doesn’t snow at your cabin while you’re here, stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and ask the nice folks there if they know of any snow in the National Park that you could get to. On the higher elevations, once it snows, the mountains usually keep that white on their tops for the rest of the winter!


4x42. Avoiding Icy Mishaps!

Since they can’t control the weather, cabin rental companies don’t give refunds due to weather or road conditions. Besides, you’re coming to the mountains to enjoy the mountains! If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or can borrow one from a friend or rent one, we recommend this. If not, invest in chains for your tires. Our Wal-tireMart here sells them for just $25-$65, depending on tire size. Well worth the investment! If you would still rather just avoid the steep hills altogether, make sure to ask your reservationist for a cabin that has no steep hills to get to. This can be very difficult to find around here, so be sure to book early.

Check the weather for Gatlinburg!3. Timing is everything!
Check the weather before you come. And once you’re here, check your radio, TV, or newspaper for regular weather updates. If there is a chance of snow or ice, plan to do your driving in Gatlinburg at the warmest, sunniest time of day. Don’t wait to go out and about, or wait to head back to your cabin, til after dark, when it will be colder, harder to see, and more difficult to find help if you need it. Don’t stay out much past 7pm, if there is any chance of bad weather. Get to your cabin and snuggle down for a cozy evening. Try to plan your vacation so that you don’t have to leave your cabin early in the morning. (It’s vacation, you want to sleep in anyway!) Give the sun a chance to thaw out the roads for you. If you feel it absolutely necessary to be out early in the morning, remember that 4-wheel drive and/or chains, and maybe even bring a bag of rock salt with you just in case.

Go Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg!4. Enjoy The Adventure That Comes To You!
The snow is absolutely gorgeous! Just imagine waking up to a winter wonderland! Don’t be a worry wart and ruin you and your family’s vacation! Enjoy it! Go sledding! Build a snowman! Snow angels! A fort or igloo! Head to Ober Gatlinburg and try skiing or snow tubing!

Get Some Great Deals This Winter!5. Be Prepared!
Here are some things to have with you:
* 4 wheel drive vehicle and/or chains for your tires
* rock salt
* windshield ice scraper
* flashlight
* starter log and matches or lighter if you have a wood-burning fireplace
* plenty of food
* hot chocolate!
* coffee
* sled
* an adventurous spirit
* a smile!

Now that we’re all ready… Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

 

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Start now with your fall planning, and book your lodging to enjoy smoky mountain fall. September marks a wonderful time of year to vacation to Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This month kicks off the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, a three month long event featuring fall activities, events and concerts! Many families choose the fall time to visit Pigeon Forge, and it’s no wonder why. With the breathtaking changing of the leaves, the fresh, in-season produce, and the variety of events and activities in Pigeon Forge and nearby towns, there are endless entertainment options to take advantage of.

Check out these events below and begin planning your fall time Smoky Mountain vacation. All events take place in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, which are neighboring towns only a short drive from one another. Reserve your cabin with ERA In the Smokies and begin planning your trip itinerary today!

Sevier County Harvest Festival Events:

September Events

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“Hearts That Survive” Book Signing – guest author Yvonne Lehman comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

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Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670

1 – 2

8th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival  Free outdoor family event located at Arrowmont  School of Arts and Crafts. This festival features skilled artist from all over the country, great cuisine and fun music for all!

3 – 8

Sevier County Fair – Enjoy the last moments of summer with an evening at a country fair. Enjoy carnival rides, games, contest, food and concerts at our hometown fair.

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Star Gazing in the Smokies – Come out to Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a wonderful night of star gazing on Friday, September 7 beginning around 7:30 p.m. Call (865) 926-6251 for reservations.

7 – 8

Shades of the Past – Thousands of classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Pigeon Forge each year.

8 – 9

Teacher Escape Weekend – Escape to  the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher/naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer. This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

13 – 15

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – This three day festival is jam packed full of Bluegrass performers that will start playing at 9 a.m. and keep playing well on into the night.

13 – 16

Grand Fall Rod Run – The changing colors and bright leaves falling are the perfect natural backdrop for viewing the colorful selection of cars during this huge event. Car enthusiasts enjoy cruising and meeting on the main parkway amid the fall displays in every restaurant, hotel, and attraction.Located at Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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Stargazing in Cades Cove Field – beginning at 8:00 pm.  Park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to Cades Cove Loop Road, where a ranger will escort the group about one-third of a mile to a nearby field.

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Classic rock bands ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, TN. Tickets for the show are $46.50 for general admission, $67.50 for VIP seating. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Smokies Stadium box office, by calling (865) 656-4444,or by visiting knoxvilletickets.com.

21 – 22

Don Williams in Concert – at Country Tonite Theatre. For more information please call 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

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Gerald Charles Dickens Performances: Guests of The Inn at Christmas Place have two opportunities to see Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens perform his one-man show “Dickens is Coming!” This is Mr. Dickens’ third appearance at the hotel, and he is a real favorite.

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“Maritime Artist from England, specializing in Titanic Art” Book Signing – guest author Ed Walker comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26 – 29

“Maritime Artist from England, specializing in Titanic Art” Book Signing – guest author Ed Walker comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Taste of Autumn – supporting the United Way of Sevier County and featuring the fare of the area’s finest restaurants and businesses plus live music at Gatlinburg Convention Center 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

28 – Nov. 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

28 – 29

Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day – Come out to the Townsend Visitor Center in Townsend, TN for bluegrass music, clogging, beautiful antique tractors, crafts, food, quilting, apple-butter making, beekeeping and blacksmithing.

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Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend, TN

29 – 30

13th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament – Come out for great prizes and fun as we stock over 5,000 trout prior to this two day event! (865) 661-3474

30 – Oct. 28

Autumn Workshops at Arrowmont  – From September 30 – October 28, 2012, thirty-six one-week and weekend classes will be offered in baskets, brooms, clay, drawing, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, special topics, and wood. Call (865) 436-5860 for more info.

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Smokies Half-Marathon, 5k and Fun Run – 8:00 am Be here for the first ever Smokies Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run which will start and finish in the historic “Old Mill District”, nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Plan to make a long weekend out of it! Stroll the Parkway and enjoy some of the area’s great attractions.

October Events

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Autumn Workshops at Arrowmont – From September 30 – October 28, 2012, thirty-six one-week and weekend classes will be offered in baskets, brooms, clay, drawing, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, special topics, and wood. Call (865) 436-5860 for more info.

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

4 – 21

“1912 Facts About Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Lee Merideth comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – 31

Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670.

1 – Nov. 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

5 – 31

Ripley’s Fright Nights – Every evening at 6:13 p.m. beginning with a New Orleans-style character parade. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 14th Annual Fright Nights show entitled “Backwoods Terror: You Just Made A Wrong Turn”, a show dedicated to all things Halloween!

6 – 7

Teacher Escape Weekend – Escape to the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher/naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer. This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

6 – 7

Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming – Come out to the pumpkin patch for old fashioned games, bluegrass music and the unveiling of Robert Tino’s latest print.

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Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival – held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, located in the peaceful gateway community of Townsend, TN. Through an assortment of artifacts dating from 3000 B.C. to the 1930’s, visitors catch a glimpse of Native American life and its pottery.

10 – 16

Titanic Honors Pastors and Clergy, October 10-16, 2012 – Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Learn about the religious heroes of Titanic and what they did in those final hours to spread the gospel and save the unsaved.

11 – 28

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – One of the Southeast’s favorite events featuring over 200 booths of artisans finest work. Live entertainment daily!

Foothills Fall Festival – one of the most anticipated events in the southeast! Nestled at the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville, Tennessee hosts three days of amazing world class concerts, juried arts and crafts, and activities, shows, and much more for the whole family. We’re setting the stage for you this October!

15 – 20

Mountainfest at The Inn at Christmas Place – Mountainfest event located at The Inn at Christmas Place includes bluegrass music, singers, storytellers and demonstrations of mountain crafts.

19 – 21

Women’s Backpack – What better way is there to enjoy early fall than with a group of adventurous women on the trail and around the campfire. It’s “Girl Power” all the way as we climb mountains, ford streams and leave our hectic lives behind.

19 – 20

Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop – Willard Clay, widely recognized as one of our nation’s preeminent landscape photographers, leads this annual workshop. Unlike many photography workshops, our price includes meals, lodging and instruction by one of the finest teams of photography instructors anywhere in the country.

22 – Nov 5

“The Sinking of the Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Bruce Caplan comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Ray Stevens in Concert (two performances 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) – at Country Tonite Theatre. For more information please call 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

November Events

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“The Sinking of the Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Bruce Caplan comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

1 – 30

Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670.

2 – 4

Climate Change in the Smokies – Join rangers and scientists from Great Smoky Mountains National Park along with Tremont staff to learn the current state of climate change in the Smokies and possible future outcomes for the park.

5 – 12

Titanic Honors Veterans, November 5-12, 2012 – Military Members Receive VERY SPECIAL OFFER with Military ID during Pigeon Forge Veterans Week. Guests must present a Military ID/Papers.  Call for details. 800-381-7670.

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Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff

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2nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade: Join us in Pigeon Forge as we salute the men and women of America’s military during this annual parade through the city.

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23rd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

6 – Feb 28

23rd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest  – Join all the fun this winter with activities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and all over the Smoky Mountains as we celebrate Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. Enjoy holiday lights Nov. 6, 2012 through Feb.28, 2013.

6 – Dec. 31

Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights – Nov. 6, 2012  until  Dec. 31, 2012 at Patriot Park. Come out and experience the stunning light displays on board a Pigeon Forge trolley. The Tour of Lights begins and ends at Patriot Park. Please call (865) 453-6444 for specific departure times.

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Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff – Sample mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili. Grab a spoon and savor everything from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous. The City of Gatlinburg hosts the 23rd Annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in downtown Gatlinburg.

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Veterans Day Celebration – Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute. This popular free-admission event on Sunday, November 11 will be held in the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at 2:00 p.m.

20 – 24

Festival of Trees – Dozens of decorated Christmas trees amaze visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. This annual display is a fundraiser for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry.

21 – 25

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Autumn and holiday items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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Veterans Day Celebration – Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute. This popular free-admission event on Sunday, November 11 will be held in the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at 2:00 p.m.

20 – 24

Festival of Trees – Dozens of decorated Christmas trees amaze visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. This annual display is a fundraiser for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry.

21 – 25

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Autumn and holiday items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

22 – 24

Real Snow off the Bow of Titanic Museum Attraction – 7:00 p.m. Free in Parking Lot – Bring your Cameras! Each night, November 22-24 and every Saturday in December, the Titanic will produce real, falling snow off the bow of the ship. AND…the entire ship inside and out will be aglow with Christmas lights and decorations.

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Fireworks at Titanic Museum Attraction – 7:30 pm (or when it gets dark) The night sky will be filled with a major fireworks show to celebrate the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers. It will be the largest fireworks event on the Parkway since the Titanic Museum Attraction’s grand opening in 2010.

26 – Dec. 2

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  Christmas items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Gatlinburg, TN Waterfall Season is here!

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Plan your Smoky Mountain Vacation!The Great Smoky Mountains abound with the two ingredients essential for waterfalls—ample rainfall and an elevation gradient. During wet years, peaks like Mt. Le Conte and Clingmans Dome receive over eight feet of rain. This abundant rainfall trickles and rushes down the mountain sides, from high elevation to low, sometimes dropping more than a mile in elevation from the high peaks to the foothills at the park’s boundary.

Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park. Large waterfalls attract the crowds, but smaller cascades and falls can be found on nearly every river and stream in the park. Here are some of our favorites:

See Waterfalls in Gatlinburg!1. Laurel Falls. The trail is 2.6 miles round trip and considered moderate in difficulty. The trail is paved and is suitable for strollers. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. To find the trailhead from Sugarlands Visitor Center, turn toward Cades Cove on Little River Road and drive 3.5 miles to the trailhead where there are parking areas on both sides of the road.

Find a Deal on a Gatlinburg Cabin!2. Mouse Creek Falls. The 4-mile round trip hike to the waterfall is considered moderate in difficulty. Big Creek Trail follows an old railroad grade used to haul lumber out of the mountains during the logging boom at the start of the 20th century. At 1.4 miles the trail passes Midnight Hole, a deep, picturesque pool below a 6′ falls. At 2.1 miles a short side trail on the left leads to a bench where hikers can rest and view Mouse Creek Falls which is on the far side of Big Creek. The falls are 45’ in height. To find the trailhead, exit I-40 at Waterville Road (#451). Turn left after crossing the Pigeon River and proceed 2.3 miles to an intersection. Continue straight, past the ranger station, to a large parking area at road’s end.

Spend your entire vacation in the National Park!3. Hen Wallow Falls. A 4.5 mile round trip hike. Take the Gabes Mountain Trail which begins from the parking area at the entrance to Cosby Campground. The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high. The hike to the falls is 4.4 miles round trip and considered moderate in difficulty. Hikers continuing on the Gabes Mountain Trail beyond the falls can enjoy an impressive old-growth forest.

The Smokies are a great place for Family Reunions!4. Indian Creek Falls. An easy 1.6 mile round trip hike will allow you to enjoy two beautiful waterfalls in the Deep Creek area. Walk Deep Creek Trail 0.7 mile to the junction with Indian Creek Trail. On your way you can view elegant Tom Branch Falls located on the far side of Deep Creek. Turn right at the junction with Indian Creek Trail and proceed approximately 200′ to Indian Creek Falls. The falls are 25 feet in height. To find the trailhead, follow the signs through downtown Bryson City, NC to Deep Creek Campground. Continue past the campground to the trailhead at the end of Deep Creek Road.

Many sites are a short day trip from Gatlinburg!5. Juney Whank Falls. The trail to the waterfall is 0.8 miles round trip and is considered moderate in difficulty. Juney Whank Falls is divided into an upper and lower section. Both can be viewed from the footbridge which crosses Juney Whank Branch at the falls. Together they drop 90 feet from top to bottom. To find the trailhead, follow the signs through downtown Bryson City, NC to Deep Creek Campground. Continue past the campground to the trailhead at the end of Deep Creek Road. Backtrack on foot 0.1 mile along the road to the trail.

We love the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!6. Rainbow Falls. The 5.4 mile round trip hike is considered moderate in difficulty. The Rainbow Falls Trail continues for approximately 4 miles beyond the falls to the summit of Mt. Le Conte. A rainbow produced by mist from this 80-foot high waterfall is visible on sunny afternoons. During extended winter cold spells, an impressive ice formation builds around the falls. Between trail head and falls, Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500′ in elevation. From the parkway in Gatlinburg, turn at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue past the Noah “Bud” Ogle homesite to the clearly signed Rainbow Falls parking area.

There is always something to do in the Smokies!7. Ramsey Cascades. The trail to the waterfall gains over 2,000′ in elevation over its 4 mile course and the 8-mile roundtrip hike is considered strenuous in difficulty. It follows rushing rivers and streams for much of its length. The last 2 miles pass through old-growth cove hardwood forest with large tuliptrees, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birches. Do not attempt to climb to the top of the falls. Several people have been killed trying to do so. Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the park and one of Live on Vacation...Move to the Smokies!the most spectacular. Water drops 100 feet over rock outcroppings and collects in a small pool where numerous well-camouflaged salamanders can be found. To find the trailhead, drive six miles east of Gatlinburg on Highway 321 and turn at the Greenbrier entrance to the park. Follow the signs 4.7 miles to the trailhead.

Please note that several fatalities and numerous injuries have resulted from people climbing on rocks near waterfalls.

These rocks are very slippery due to algae and mist. Do not attempt to climb to the tops of waterfalls. Closely supervise children at all times near water and waterfalls.

Rent a cabin on the water!
Don’t forget to make the most of your Smoky Mountain Vacation by renting a Gatlinburg Cabin! We even have cabins on the water!

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1-800-309-0277This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

New Cabin: Bears Haven

Check out beautiful Bears Haven, a luxurious Gatlinburg Cabin
Make your reservation today for this beautiful 2-level log cabin with spectacular winter mountain views. This two-bedroom cabin will sleep up to 6 people and offers recreation for the whole family including a pool table, foosball table, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub on the deck, and a lovely porch swing…located just minutes from the Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts District.

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ERA In The Smokies Realty & RentalsThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

PHOTO CONTEST: Smoky Mountain Scenery

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesIt’s time for another photo contest! This time we want to see your best photos of Smoky Mountain Scenery. The winner will be awarded a free 3 night stay in one of our rentals! Send your photos to us at eramarketing@hotmail.com. You may turn in multiple photos. All photos will be considered as individual entries. Win a Free Stay in one of our beautiful Gatlinburg Cabins!Photos must be your original work. It is illegal to claim someone else’s photos as your own. Deadline for turning in your photos is April 30, 2012.

If you don’t have any Smoky Mountain shots yet, come visit, quick! Imagine what beautiful winter and spring photos you could get this time of year!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

GATLINBURG: Your Place To Relax

Subscribe To A Day In The Smokies! Any time of year, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect destination for a relaxing retreat! Whether it’s off-season or peak-season, it’s easier than you might think to find a myriad of ways to just sit back and relax. And with the crazy, fast pace of life these days, I’m sure we’d all love a chance to unwind.

Rent A CabinRent a Cabin
Whether you are just looking for a comfortable, private place to chill out after a fun-filled day, or a place to retreat from the world for a while, try renting a chalet or cabin. I would be perfectly happy to hole up in a cabin with some food-stocks, some movies, some books, my notebook, a pen, and my guitar. I know there are some of you out there besides me who really need to be by yourself every once in a while. A cabin is the answer!

Go Hiking!Go Hiking
In the Spring, Summer, and Fall hiking can lead you to beautiful views of creation, peaceful walks through the woods, and the tranquility you’ve been looking for. For those of you who can’t sit still, but need to let your mind rest, go on a hike. It’s the perfect way to think while moving! If it’s winter, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a trek through the Park. Try winter hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing! Experience a winter wonderland with evergreen plants, winter birds, gorgeous winter waterfalls, pristine snow, and more!

Visit Utopia Day SpaEnjoy Some Pampering
Visit a Day Spa, such as Utopia Day Spa or About You Salon & Day Spa, for everything from hair & nails to packages including massage, facial, body wrap, manicure & pedicure, shampoo & blow dry, make-up application, and lunch! Have someone come give you a massage at your cabin, or have gift baskets, flowers, romantic dinners and more delivered to your cabin, or even set up and ready when you arrive!

Some of Our Favorite Places to Eat Out!Go Out to Eat
Sometimes you just don’t have the energy to prepare your own food. For those times, just head out to one of our many restaurants. Whether your idea of relaxation and good food is a burger and fries, an organic cafe, or a sit down dinner, we’ve got plenty of options to choose from. We especially like our Italian food here, but that’s definitely not the limit! If you don’t want to prepare your own food, but still relish the idea of eating in the privacy of your cabin, simply order your food take-out and bring it back to your cabin with you!

Relax By a Mountain StreamRelax By A Creek
Here in Gatlinburg you don’t have to go far to find a creek! There is a creek that runs between the two sides of the road between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! We have three chalets that sit on a creek: Dream’s Inn, River’s Edge, and Water’s Edge. Most of the hiking trails in the Park run beside a creek or cross a creek at at least one point. My personally favorite way to relax by the creek is to go to the Chimney Tops Picnic Area in the Park, rock hop my way out to the biggest rock I can find in the middle of the stream, and sit on it, reading, writing, thinking, or praying. Even if there are tons of people around, no worries, just close your eyes, or lay back and look at the sky or trees above you. The gentle roar of the mountain stream will drown out surrounding noises!

Visit a Historic ChapelVisit a Chapel
There are historic chapels all over this area, where anyone may enter, sit, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Whether you are looking to connect with God, or simply enjoy the tranquility of these historic and beautiful buildings, chapels are a great place to relax. You can find one at Dollywood, a few in Cades Cove, and various others in different areas of the Park. There are countless wedding chapels in the area, many of which I’m sure would be glad to let you come in and relax when they are not in use. Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Gatlinburg has a beautiful chapel where you can sit and meditate.

Retail TherapyRetail Therapy
I had a college roommate that frequently referred to her need for “retail therapy.” To her, going shopping was a way to have fun, ease the mind, and just loosen up! If this is you, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have more than enough shopping to provide a full week’s worth of therapy! Come on down!

Time to Get Wet!Soak Up The Sun
I love to enjoy those sunny days by getting wet! Maybe you just like to lay out! We have several cabins with pool access. But even if you choose one that doesn’t, there are still community pools, Splash Country, Dollywood, white water rafting, and more! There’s no need to miss out!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.