This conversation started on the FAQ sticky, but I though it'd be more appropriate here.
4kiwitravellers: "Thanks for the website reference - just in the 'dream phase' of planning our next trip to the States and was not sure about the Great Smoky Mountian National Park - always wanted to visit but have been slightly put off by the reports of the crowds. Have visited Yellowstone and Yosemite in the past - Yellowstone was a bit like disney - and in a RV found it frustrating as unable to stop easily but as Yosemite was compact (relatively) and with the shuttle buses plus we went during the week it was not too bad. Thanks again for the info. Regards, Kiwi"
Bluecuzco: "Kiwi, crowds in the Smokies aren't a deterrent from going; they only pose a problem during the peak seasons in the summer and October, between 10 AM and 6 PM, on the beaten-path areas of the park, and on four or five trails. If you'd like any help with your East Tennessee/West North Carolina dreaming, the folks on this forum and on the Chattanooga forum are happy to help. Good luck with your planning!"
4kiwitravellers: "Hi Bluecuzco- Thanks for the reply - as I said we are in the dream phase of planning a trip. It won't happen until mid 2011 but saying that our last trip in 2008 took 12mths of planning and working out - you have to make sure all the 'I's are dotted and the T's crossed' when you are travelling from so far away.
"Having read the forum's I have some concern regarding the Great Smoky Mountian National Park and driving an RV there. We were disappointed last year when several of the State Parks esp (in California) and a couple of the National Parks we visited had areas we were unable to take the RV - none of these areas had postings about this on their websites which I had read throughly before leaving.
"With two tall teenage sons we are going to have to hire a 28-30ft RV. We won't have the luxury of a separate car so hope we would be able to get to most places. I have looked at a 23-25 RV but as we will be in it for at least 3-4 weeks (we are looking at also doing the Blueridge Pathway up to Shenandoan NP and then find our way up to Maine to see family)the RV needs to be big enough so we have some space.
"But as I said this is all at the 'dream phase' and I have to sell it to my hubby who is a reluctant traveller. So I have to put together a pictorial 'bussiness case' to him (he is an avid photographer) before I get my next overseas trip to the US. Regards, Kiwi"