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MinnesotaUSA
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trip itinerary questions

Our trip will begin at Cosby campground where we will stay 3 nights and from there we will hike in the Greenbrier area and visit Catalooche. Then we will leave Cosby campground in the early morning to travel to the Cades Cove area on a Tuesday. If we stop to see the sights along the way that will put us at Caves Cove too late in the day to beat the crowds. What sites are highly suggested between Cosby and Cades Cove? We could perhaps backtrack and visit those areas after Cades Cove. We will spend the night in Townsend and the next am visit the Newfound Gap road and hike Andrews Bald along the way before reaching Balsam Mt. campground.We will spend 3 nights there before heading to Asheville via the BRP. Suggestions for us? Thank you. Nancy

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1. Re: trip itinerary questions

Places within the national park between Cosby and Cades Cove.

Sugarlands Visitor Center. In the opinion of many, the nicest visitor center in the park.

Laurel Falls. Get there early or be swamped by people.

Elkmont. Little River Trail, Jake's Creek Trail. Nice loop hike. Some construction/restoration going on in this area, but not sure when you are going. It's a nice hike along the river, then a loop into some young forest growth.

Metcalf Bottoms. Nice picnic area along the river. Pleasant hike to the Little Greenbriar Schoolhouse, and further to the Walker Sister's Cabin. Relatively easy hike, and the Walker Sister's Place is in good condition.

Tremont. There's the institute with a small store for souvenirs and information, a nice hike to Spruce Flats Falls, and a nature trail at the end of the road past left turn for the institute.

Townsend Wye. Nice place to sit around or float around in the water. Can be crowded.

I suggest downloading a park map at:

nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/trip-planner.htm

to get a feel for the area and an idea of what your personal priorities might be.

Edited: 08 June 2011, 09:46
MinnesotaUSA
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We have the maps and have reviewed summaries of places to visit. Our time is short on this portion of the trip and just looking for what people have experienced in this area as being most enjoyable.

Thank you for your response.Nancy

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We have the maps and have looked at the summaries of sites but our time is short on this leg of the trip. We are seeking input as to what people have most enjoyed in this area.

Thank you for your response. Nancy

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