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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Fall Foliage, Ancient Mountains & Wildlife

Price: $97.00 /per person

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900 miles of trails, 500,000 acres of land, and some of the largest stands of old-growth forest in the East. 50 species of mammals, 80 species of fish, 200 species of birds, 1300species of flowering plants, 2,000 species of fungi is the reason why the Smokies are both a national park and an international biosphere reserve.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural tapestry of Southern Appalachian history. The mountains have had a long human history spanning thousands of years-from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to early European settlement in the 1800s to loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in the 20th century.

The park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes, and artifacts that tell the varied stories of people who once called these mountains home

We will certainly not be able to cover everything this park has to offer in a few days but, we certainly can try.

• Day Hikes- Loops or Out and Back

Abram Falls; hike 5 miles round trip very scenic, picturesque and if your are into water falls. This is an easy, relatively flat trail leading to the 20-foot high Abrams Falls which spills into a scenic pool. Elevation gain is 340 feet. Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over the cliff more than makes up for its lack of height. In fact, Abrams Falls is the most voluminous waterfall in the park. Although the long, deep pool at its base is very picturesque and inviting, swimming here is extremely dangerous due to strong currents.

Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge Hiking trail - This particular trail is one of Cades Cove's most strenuous climbs being four and a half miles up the mountain, but it is well worth the effort to the bald through pine and hardwood forest. On the way to Gregory's Bald, Smokies hikers will go through Sam's Gap, Panther Gap, and Sheep Pen Gap Backcountry Campsite. From Gregory's bald there are magnificent views of Cades Cove as well as other surrounding landmarks. Gregory Ridge trail will take seven or eight hours to complete, so be prepared for an arduous hike should you choose it. It may be the most arduous hike in Cades Cove.
Gregory Ridge Trail is a good choice if you want your hike’s destination to have a good view of Cades Cove. So many Smokies visitors hike up the Gregory's Ridge trail for that reason, that it is one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The trail winds through some of the best of GSMNP, delightful old growth forest and azalea covered Gregory's Bald. In azalea season the experience of Gregory's bald is unmatched, for it is ablaze with breathtaking masses of orange and wine colored blooms.

Lodging: Cabin Rentals Pigeon Forge, TN 37868, the cost is approximately $97.00 per person for 4 days. This amount is for 12 people . You MUST paypal in advance in order to secure a spot. Please CONTACT Glenn. You can send through PayPal [masked] and pick option "I'm sending money to family or friends" so I'm not charged the fee.

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