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Vacation suggestions to Great Smokey Mtns

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  1. joe kuhn

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    Where should we go?
     
  2. DoubleAuto

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    *DollyWood is a nice amusement park.
    *Dixie Stampede can be fun.
    *Best Mall is Five Oaks in Pigeon Forge. There are several others in Pigeon Forge.
    *Best Bar-B-Que is Bennett's in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Bennett's also has a breakfast buffet (not great but good).
    *Good places to eat in Gatlinburg are Park Grill, the Peddler and Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon. Park Grill has a great salad bar. There is also a Bubba Gump's on the main street in Gatlinburg.
    *If you want a good breakfast in a real old log cabin go up Airport road just off the main road through Gatlinburg about a mile on the left is the Log Cabin Restaurant. Large place but very popular. DON'T EAT AT ANY OF THE FLAPJACKS RESTAURANTS.
    *The Artist's Community out Highway 321 (about 3 miles from the center of Gatlinburg)if you like local crafts.
    *If you like knives of any type, you definitely need to go to Smoky Mountain Knife Works (the worlds largest knife store). Great displays of old collections and every type of knife in the world currently made on sale. It is between I-40 and downtown Sevierville, TN.
    *There is a Bass Pro out on I-40 at the Sevierville exit (Exit 407).

    You definitely need to check what special events are going on the week/weekend you are going. A car or truck show or a UT Vol football game can really tie up the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg area. You can have some real traffic jams if you go at the wrong time.

    What kind of things do you want to do?
     
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    Cade's Cove is a neat area and the drive over there through the park is pretty. If you go in the summer you can rent tubes and float in the streams around Townsend, Tennessee on the way to Cades Cove. The ride up to Newfound Gap and Clingman's Dome is also a nice trip.

    Contact the Gatlinburg and the Pigeon Forge Tourist and Convention Centers for information. You will get a bunch of information.
     
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    For a beautiful drive, the Cherahala (sp?)Parkway from Robbinsville, NC to Tellico Plains, TN is the most spectacular view that I have experienced. It's about a 40 mile drive with 2 restrooms along the way. The views are sensational. It's a well kept, broad road that goes along near the peaks of all the mountains.

    It is south of the Smokey Mt Nat Park
     
  5. joe kuhn

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    Thanks guys. We're going hiking and to see the sites and do some stuff in town too, so your suggestions are perfect. I'm passing them on to the 'Sarge', if you know what I mean.

    Joe, Liz, Melina and Johnny
     
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    The Muscle car museum.Richard
     
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    Joe ,,,when will you be down there ,,,,I will be in the area june 15-21,,,plan on shooting at gatlinberg or hog heaven on the 22,,,and will be shooting at fairfield glade ATA shoot on the 15th
     
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    Tail of the Dragon! Rt 129 Deals Gap. 318 curves in 11 miles
     
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    As a resident of western North Carolina, I'm a bit prejudiced...if you like crowds, discount malls and TONS of t-shirt shops, by all means go to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge...on the other hand, the Asheville area and west towards Waynesville and Dillsboro, NC are havens of civility, good restaurants, serious arts and crafts, very interesting and walkable restored down-town areas...a "quality" experience...and representative of what this wonderful part of the world is all about. Also, see the elk, up close and personal, at Cataloochee, the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially Waterrock Knob, just above the Hwy 23/74/Waynesville exit off of the Parkway...it runs along a ridge and offers "forever" views both towards Tennessee and back towards NC...a great place to watch the sun go down. Also, the train ride from Sylva to Bryson City is a real treat. There's a lot to like, for everyone in the family.

    And trapshooting...about 45 minutes from Waynesville, there is Hog Heaven in east Tennessee (T, S&S), Buncombe County Wildlife Club in Asheville (W S&S), and Spartanburg Gun Club (W-S) about 1 hour south of Asheville.

    Have fun!

    Rob Middlemas
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    I am in Knoxville visitng my brother frquently. Where is Hog Heaven from there.
     
  11. famill00

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    Joe,

    My girlfriend grew up about a half hour from pigeon forge/gatlinburg. When I go to her hometown we for some reason always make it to gatlinburg. Stay away from the city! If you go up in the mountains you will be much less frustrated with traffic. I think it is worse than Chicago traffic. If however you do venture downtown gatlinburg make sure to go to the ripleys believe it or not aquarium. It is a really good aquarium. The kiddos are sure to enjoy it. If you are able to, make sure to catch a Tennessee Smokies baseball game in pigeon forge. Tickets are like 13 bucks to sit on the first base line. Great little ball park. AND...there is a really nice bass pro shop right across the road from the stadium. I wish I could tell you places to hike...but my girlfriend isnt much of an outdoorswoman so we usually end up wandering around aimlessly through that huge outlet mall they have there. I hope this helps.

    Forrest
     
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    Actually, its pretty close to you, and I believe that they are open today (Thursday)...but you may be shooting alone or with a few people. Its a nice facility. They have fabulous events, but not a lot of use on weekends. There's also a club not far away in Morristown, TN, but I've never shot there. My guess is that it has a better turnout most weekends. Regarding Hog Heaven...call Anne or Wade before going...865-674-7282. Directions from Knoxville...take I-81 east. When I-40 east splits off, take it. The first exit should be #424. Go north (left) a mile or two. Look for the Hog Heaven sign on the left side of the roadway..enter. The gravel roadway splits...bear left and go up the hill, and you're there. It should be less than a mile from most parts of Knoxville. Also, you might want to stop by the Bass Pro Shops store on the way home...fun. By the way, there's also shooting around Knoxville...two clubs, I think. Check the ATA web site.

    Have fun.

    Rob Middlemas
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    Joe- Hiking- Appalachian Trail. Drive- Blue Ridge Parkway. Crowds and carnival atmosphere- Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Shooting- Hog Heaven. For cultural enlightenment, drive over the far Western Virginia and visit the coal mining camps. That is a different world.

    If you want, you could drive a little more East along the Blue Ridge and drop off your coons with me. I will coon sit for you.

    Pat Ireland
     
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    ERRATA!!!...In my previous post I said that Hog Heaven is less than a mile from most parts of Knowville...should have said that its less than an hour from most parts of Knoxville. If you can make one of their shoots, do it. Good crowd and lots of fun.

    WNCrob
     
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    We've been there a few times over the years. Not exactly the ideal area to drive a MH through and around though but I did! Don't forget a fishin pole too!

    Do visit western N.C as WNCrob mentions, several precious stone mines in that area and I had a ball finding great stones of various kinds. The kids would love it, this older "kid" did! Hap
     
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    Is it to late to consider going to the beach?
     
  17. joe kuhn

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    Ok. We're staying in Lexington, KY the first night and then at the Gatlinburg Summit for 4 nights. From then on, we'll piece it together. Might hit Hog Heaven.

    Kick that horse. We're on our way.

    Thanks guys.

    Joe
     
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    Joe,

    I went to school near Lexington. If time permits, visit the Ky Horse Park. It is a really good time.

    Forrest
     
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    Joe, if you have the time drive over to Ashville, NC and check out the Biltmore House. I didn't want to go see it but got talked into it, after all I've seen big houses. Damn glad I got talked into it. Got a chance to see how only a select few in this world got to live. Impressive!!! It's a nice scenic drive over to Ashville also.
     
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    Joe, if you get a chance to come over to the Asheville area on the 12 of Apr we are having a registered shoot at the Buncombe County Wildlife Club. Our club is a half hour from the aforementioned Biltmore House and downtown Asheville. We're one hour from the Cherokee Indian Boundry and Casino, 2 and 1/2 hours from Knoxville and Hog Heaven. Hiking trails abound and the highest peak east of the Rockies is about an hour up the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. The areas and towns west of Asheville are great places to visit and spend some time. Attractions related to nature are so common that a list could go on forever. Trout fishing on the Cherokee Boundry requires only a local permit and you will catch fish. Come visit us and enjoy the Southern Highlands.
     
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