We love love love the smokies!! Came up there 3 years in a row, summers of 2006, 07, 08 . Finally coming back this year! In July for a week. We have 2 kids ( ages 11 & 6 ). We have some favorite activities but are looking for some new ideas. We love the flexibility of being able to take it easy one day( tubing, picnicking, etc) and the next day have an action packed day! Just wondering there's anything new that you all recommend? And what are your favorite spots for enjoying the natural side of the area? what are your favorite swim/picnic spots? I've heard good things about met calf bottoms and chimney rock? How do they differ? Looking for some good restaurants too! Some of our faves are Apple Barn & Old Mill. Thanks in advance!