Cataract Falls

Less than ten minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and just to the left of the Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the trail to Cataract Falls. Only 3/4 of a mile in length, it is an easy trail for families with children of any age that includes the falls which are 25 ft high.

Charlies Bunion Via The Appalachian Trail

Finally after what seemed like a year of trying to fit it in our schedule, my son and I were able to take a trip out to Great Smoky Mountain National Park for a hike on one of its scenic trails. Considering that the only hike I had done there previously was the Alum Cave Trail to Mt. LeConte, I decided to post a poll in the Facebook Group "Hike The Smokies" to see what the consensus was on whether we should hike to Charlie's Bunion, Mt. Cammerer, or Chimney Tops... all trails that I had heard positive reviews of. Surprisingly to me, the response was overwhelmingly Charlie's Bunion. So, after scheduling a day off of work we took to the road from the Nashville area at roughly 4am.

Wilderness At The Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies is a waterpark \ resort located in Sevierville, Tennessee that serves those visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or enjoying the attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. For hikers in particular, the resort provides a great option where you can go out and enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains and then return to cool off and relax as the waterpark. As an added bonus, if you happen to encounter inclement weather, you can always adjust your plans and spend the day at Wild Waterdome, the indoor waterpark!

Wilderness at the Smokies opened in 2008 with just a single hotel and outdoor waterpark, but quickly expanded to include shopping, dining facilities, the condominium resort and indoor waterpark, as well as an additional outdoor waterpark.

The Sewanee Natural Bridge

The Sewanee Natural Bridge is an hours drive from both Nashville and Chattanooga.. located in Franklin County, Tennessee it is the largest natural bridge in the southern section of the Cumberland Plateau. At 25 feet high and 50 feet wide, it's essentially a giant sinkhole that has partially eroded to form a large stone bridge.
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