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Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Hello everyone, I am planning a trip in June for my husband and me. We love to hike (not over night or backpacking trips, but medium/ moderately difficult day hikes), love waterfalls and wildlife, good restaurants/ microbrews, and are amatuer photographers. My questions are: Would five nights be a good amount of time for this part of our trip (we will be coming down the Blue Ridge Parway from a few days in Shenandoah)? Should we stay in one place or multiple places? We pack light so moving is not a huge issue if it is beneficial. Do you have any suggestions for hikes, restaurants, breweries, vistas, or anything at all we should definitely not miss? Thanks so much.

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1. Re: Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

I would stay in one place. Pick a cabin in Maggie Valley or Bryson City North Carolina. It is good central location to explore the area. Look at vrbo.com for cabins.

What time in June are you visiting? I think five nights is good to see the sights. There are great restaurants and breweries in Asheville.

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2. Re: Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Here's a good link for hiking in the area:

http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com

You might also consider spending a few nights on the Tennessee side of the park (we like Townsend - close to Cades Cove, quieter than Gatlinburg). Some good hiking and wildlife viewing there, too. Cataloochee (closest town is Maggie Valley) is probably the best area to see elk.

Edited: 12 December 2013, 03:07
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3. Re: Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

If you've never visited the NC mountains, and given your preferences, I'd suggest staying in several places rather than spending all 5 nights at the same place. I'd suggest one night in Blowing Rock, one or two nights in Asheville (where you'll find plenty of great choices to satisfy your good restaurants/microbrews criteria), and 2-3 nights closer to the national park--maybe Bryson City, Sylva, Cherokee, or the aforementioned Maggie Valley.

Suggested activities include a hike to Linville Falls, a raft trip on the Nantahala River, a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway, a visit to Grandfather Mountain, and bar-hopping in downtown Asheville, but there's much, much more to see and do. Here are a few links to explore:

http://www.visitnc.com/mountains

http://www.exploreasheville.com/

http://highcountryhost.com/

http://www.visitsmokies.org/

Happy traveling!

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Thanks very much did the responses- they are very helpful and I am looking forward to my trip!

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