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Old 05-02-2006, 07:49 AM   #11
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Maggie Valley any time is spectacular - except maybe when they have the biker's convention there!
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:39 AM   #12
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Well it doesn't look like we'll be making it there this month.... . But Phinz.....whenever we do decide to take a trip your way I'll post to see if there's any event we need to be made aware of because of traffic.

We ate at the Apple Tree Inn in Pigeon Forge when we were down there..........we have a picture of our waitress..... . It was very good down home cooking. We went to Gattlinburg on one day and ate at Ruby Tuesdays, which I liked. We took a ride in that takes you up in the air for a view of the area..... I can't remember what those things are called.....sky lift???.....anyway it was ok.........but I'm not a fan of heights but DH really enjoyed it...minus my claws in his thigh .
I remember we took off walking in the Smokey Mountains and really had a wonderful time. It wasn't till after the fact that we found out we could of ran into Bear, rattlesnakes, etc..... Wouldn't that of been lovely reaching down for a rock (my moms request) and coming across a snake.... .
Anyway, Phinz...your neck of the woods is breath taking and I'd move down there in a heartbeat if I could. If no ones been to the Smokey Mountains I highly recommend it. We were there between May 8th and May 12th and the hotels were very reasonable because of off season. But that was 10 years ago and things could have changed.
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:58 AM   #13
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Smokies are so beautiful. When I used to live in Atlanta we used to frequently visit them. That was 10+ years ago and at that time as well Pigeon Forge was commercialized. I did however like the country dancing outside restaurants and in little offbeat strip malls. The food at local joints was good.

My favorite part of the visit was to go to Cherokee and get some boiled salted peanuts. They were delicious. Do they still sell them by the street side.

Also a visit to Clingmans Dome is a must if you go to Smokies. That is the highest point and depending on the day (clear or not) the views are amazing. You can see the blue haze which makes the Smokies so special.

Cades Cove as others indicated was a big waste of time since there were hardly any animals to spot. We also stopped along little benches roadside (by the little streams that run all through the park) to have our own picnic. I could not resist dipping my feet in the water. That place is truly beautiful.
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:28 AM   #14
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There was also a place we went to....high in the mountains if I remember right. The view was amazing. If you stood in one place you were in TN if you stood in another you were in NC. I think it was right outside of Cherokee. We didn't go to Cherokee because the weather took a turn and started pouring down rain.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:21 AM   #15
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That's probably Clingman's Dome. The road to Clingman's Dome was closed last time I checked.

Cherokee is another traffic nightmare now because of the casino. The drive to Cherokee from GBurg is gorgeous, though.
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:10 PM   #16
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Going the other direction, a little southeast, don't forget Chimney Rock, Bat Cave, and Lake Lure - where Dirty Dancing was filmed! Used to be adorable little out of the way places, now getting better known, but still beautiful. Chimney Rock is awesome - you take an elevator up the rock to get to the top, and if I remember correctly, there's an old still built into the side of the mountain you can take a tour through - if you're not claustrophic!

But Maggie Valley still has my heart. Used to take my boys there on weekends, and went there myself when I was in the midst of breaking up from a bad marriage. That was 20 years ago, and I know it's changed a lot since then, but as I said, it still has my heart. It's my 'place of peace' - Goodweed will understand, I know
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:10 AM   #17
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I found Pigeon Ford to be very commercial and tacky .... until I told myself that many of these people were living in poverty during my lifetime. Yes, it was picturesque poverty. When we stayed there (at a KOA campground nearby) we didn't really eat out .... we found a great butcher, though, and ate some of the best meat I've ever had.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:46 AM   #18
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You have to get outside Pigeon Forge. Even one road over from Dolly Parton Parkway it gets nicer. I avoid the Parkway like the plague. I'll be taking the back way in two weeks to go the Gatlinburg Highland Games.
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Oh definetely check out the other areas around Pigeon Forge. We were on a road trip and just went where ever our hearts desired as we didn't make any reservations so we did just what we wanted. On our way home we took the scenic routes through Kentucky .... avoiding the the Interstates/Highways. We saw some beautiful county....of course we saw the poor areas too and it really made us appreciate all that we had.
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:49 PM   #20
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Cades Cove as others indicated was a big waste of time since there were hardly any animals to spot.
Yakuta, I'm heartsick to be at odds with you but we must have visited Cades Cove at another time of year. We found loads of beautiful tiny little deer that came right up to us and charmed our then 4-or-so-year-old.
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