Fall Campout in the Smoky Mountains

 For all of you who may wish to travel up to the GSMNP and see the Fall foliage, here is the outing for you!  This event is being hosted by me and The Great Smokies Hiking & Adventure Group and all are welcome to attend. You will be responsible for your own transportation and camping gear to this event. A very detailed map and set of directions can be provided to you if you choose to make this journey.

 Last year we had a pretty good group go up for this annual event and not a single person got lost or eaten by a bear!

 Contact Emory or Steven if you have questions or you need more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It only happens once a year...The Fall Campout!

  We've been to Elkmont and we've gone into Cades Cove, this year we are going to go to the other side of the hill and explore the Smokemont campground for this great seasonal event. Nestled in a great little valley covered with trees this campground should be another wonderful place to take in the changing leaves and cooler temps of the Fall Season.

  The changing of the leaves always brings in some of the highest visitor numbers to the Park and this year will be no different. You must call in and reserve your site as soon as the reservation window opens to ensure your spot in the campground. Reservation can be made 6 months out , The 6 month reservation window for this event starts on April 19th.

  Every campground in the Park will be full, every hotel room booked. You don't want to left out. Reserve your spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Chilly days and even cooler nights will make for excellent camping weather. Campfires, food, coffee, blueberry pancakes, friends, hikes. There will be goodies for your eyes, feet and tummies. What more could you ask for in a weekend?

 RSVP to the event now and when the window opens and you get your site reserved, list your site number in the RSVP comment section or send your site number to Dale so that he can make up the map to locate everyone.

 This has turned into our big yearly event and if you haven't met everyone yet this will be the weekend to see more members in one place then we have all year. Clean up your gear, clean the cooler, pack up the car and travel over the hill to the North Carolina side of the Park!

 We will start filling up the campground in the A section and working our way back as far as we may need.

  

 

                    We always have something fun up our sleeves for you and I am thinking up more stuff for this years event.

 

  Campground map; http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/Smokemont-map.pdf

  Reservation info;

http://www.recreation.gov/tn/Smokemont/Campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70967&pstate=TN

 Campground rules and regulations;

 http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/campregs.htm

 handy Park map; http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/BC-Map-july-11.pdf

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  • Emory

    the Fall leaves will be at peak when we get there, this is going to be a great weekend in the mountains!

    October 15, 2012

  • Corey J.

    looking for a ride.

    October 14, 2012

    • Emory

      you can ride with me if you can go up on Thursday

      October 14, 2012

    • Emory

      hello, hello, is this thing on....hello?

      October 14, 2012

  • Emory

    Bonnie had to back out , I have room in my car if anyone wants to ride with me and share gas.

    October 13, 2012

  • Carol N.

    Hey Val, You guys should come join us on our next campout. Rumor has it's at Alexander Springs Thanksgiving weekend...

    October 12, 2012

  • Carol N.

    Just checked the weather for the end of next week. Looks awesome! Low 70's during the day, mid 40's at night and no rain. Bring the flannel PJ's and hot cocoa!

    1 · October 10, 2012

    • Val

      Hi Carol! Looks like a great trip, enjoy :)

      October 11, 2012

  • Emory

    Please go to the above link concerning campground rules---YOU CAN NOT LEAVE STUFF OUT ON YOUR TABLES-COOLERS, FOOD,CHIPS,STOVES--IT MUST BE PUT AWAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHER CAMPERS FROM BEARS. THERE ARE BEARS IN THIS PARK AND THE RANGERS WILL FINE YOU OR CONFISCATE ALL ITEMS LEFT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2012

  • Emory

    there is a site or two coming up for sale on my mountain groups page for this event, I suggest that you monitor the comments section at that site if you don't have your site yet . This will be the only way you will get a site if you haven't done so yet as there are none left in the campground. There are still quite a few of you that I haven't heard from yet as to your site number so that we can build the member map for the campground.

    October 9, 2012

  • Jenai

    Shannon and I are able make this trip afterall, but we are in need of sight.

    October 8, 2012

    • Emory

      I sent you an email with a site that has come up.

      October 9, 2012

  • Emory

    This is less then 30 days out, I hope everyone has their ducks in a row!

    September 20, 2012

  • Corey J.

    If you are looking for room on campground, I have extra space...e-mail me so I can hold it.

    September 20, 2012

    • Emory

      contact Mike, he is looking.

      September 20, 2012

  • Dawn and R.

    I will not be able to attend this year. New job and to many responsibilities. My spot for Friday night and sat night is up for sale if anyone is interested. email me [masked] 30.00 OBO

    September 11, 2012

    • Judy P.

      Oh poo! I was looking forward to seeing you! I hope your new job is going well.

      September 15, 2012

  • Emory

    Fall is getting closer!

    September 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cannot wait!

    August 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOOT! FOOD! FOLIAGE!

    1 · July 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    c2

    July 7, 2012

  • Emory

    Everybody, please read the Campground rules about food storage, do not leave anything out! There are Bears and they will eat your stuff!

    July 6, 2012

  • Emory

    Peter- what site in B section are you in?

    July 6, 2012

  • Emory

    if you look at a map of Georgia you will see the path I suggest and it is a very direct route.

    July 6, 2012

  • Emory

    it sounds a little like an odd route, but believe me, I have done this route for years and it is a really great drive after Atlanta and the most direct, and scenic drive to get there. Figure 7.5-8 hours drive time.

    July 6, 2012

  • Emory

    Since it is on the NC side of the hill;
    I75 to Atlanta, take 675 bypass east to 407 east to I85 east; then exit left side of 85 on 985/365/23 to Gainesville, stay on 23/441 towards Turnerville- Tallulah Falls, stay on 23/441 towards Franklin, stay on 441 towards Dillsboro. Just the other side of Dillsboro go left on 441/74/ Great Smoky Mountains Expy then right on 441 to Cherokee, right on 19/441, left on 441/Tsali Blvd through Cherokee- enter GSMNP, Smokemont campground will be on right.

    July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    what is the best driving route

    July 6, 2012

  • Emory

    Killer, thanks Peter! Does everybody else see this post? If you want in on this adventure....jump now!

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    emory, there are sites left . i booked yesterday, b something or another and there were 10 or 15 left

    July 5, 2012

  • Dawn and R.

    Got one !! Booked for 19th and 20th in B010..... would anyone like to share the ride ? have room for one rider in my car, or willing to share expenses in yours...? bringing my son , he will be 20 on that weekend.. !!

    July 4, 2012

  • Emory

    wow, I don't think there are any left, I believe the last one went about a month ago. But, there will always be some people to drop out, just keep your eye very close to the posts and comments and nab one as soon as it comes up. I will send you a notice when one comes up but you must react as soon as I send it or it will be nabed !

    1 · July 4, 2012

  • Dawn and R.

    afraid to ask.... are there any sites left... or would anyone like to share expenses on a site..?

    July 4, 2012

  • Emory

    I see where 3 of you are and guessing on 2 more?

    July 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got Site B020. It's only going to be me and my lovely 2 man tent. The site can hold up to 6 so let me know if anybody wants to share.

    June 7, 2012

  • Emory

    I still only have site numbers on two of those attending, I need to know where you are staying!

    June 2, 2012

  • Emory

    most will pull in on Friday and out on Sunday , Steven and I and a few others are getting there on Thursday.

    May 27, 2012

  • Val

    Hey all, how many nights are you staying at the campground?

    May 27, 2012

  • Linda D.

    Hello Emory, Judy Phillips and Linda Duckworth will be in site B026

    May 20, 2012

  • Emory

    if you are RSVPing to this event , please list in your RSVP comment section your campsite number so that we can build the map identifying your location . If you are not staying in the campsite, please state as such.

    April 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks emory, by the way i love the volvo

    April 12, 2012

  • Emory

    our youngest full member is 4 years old, I met and recruted him and his mom as I met them coming down off of Mt.LeConte which is a 10.6 mile hike with a 6000 ft overall elevation change. He told me right there on the trail, while holding a small plastic fishing pole, the he 'was a hiker'!

    April 11, 2012

  • Emory

    The GSH&AG is VERY kid friendly! We do events geared just for kids , we cover the full Junior Ranger Program that the Park puts out. We teach kids as young as 3 rock climbing at the indoor climbing center at River Sports Outfitters. There is one organizer that is dedicated to just doing kids events. We love kids!

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i rarely see kids in the photo's. do many people bring their children?

    April 11, 2012

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