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2 Days in the Smokies

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2 Days in the Smokies

We will be driving in from Knoxville and have reserved one night in Gatlinburgh.

Day 1: Best place to enter the park and route we should take during the day before staying the night in Gatlinburgh.

Day 2: What route should we follow today? We will end the day by driving back to Knoxville.

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1. Re: 2 Days in the Smokies

From Knoxville you can enter the park at Townsend and then visit Cades Cove. Drive from Cades Cove to Sugarlands Visitors Center passing Metcalf Bottoms and The Sinks. At Sugarlands you can go into Gatlinburg and reenter the park to drive Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. With a picnic included somewhere along the way this would make a good Day 1. Day 2, enter the park at Gatlinburg and drive to Cherokee and return with stops at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome as well as the Pioneer Farm at Oconoluftee. From Gatlinburg, at the end of the roundtrip to Cherokee, return to Knoxville via Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

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2. Re: 2 Days in the Smokies

Assuming you want to maximize your time in the Park before checking in to your motel or cabin, consider entering through Townsend. Visitor Center located in Townsend. From there you will be near Cades Cove and Metcalf Bottoms/Greenbrier school house. Continue along River Road in the Park towards Gatlinburg. Stop at Elkmont - see former summer residences located behind the campground. Hike to Laurel Falls. Stop at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Head into Gatlinburg from inside Park. Day 2 - Roaring Fork Motor Trail, 441 to Newfound Gap and Clingman's dome. Avoid the PF/Gatlinburg Parkway back to Knoxville in general and especially if you are coming at a busy time such as a July weekend.

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