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Festivus in the Smoky Mountains! Hike off that Christmas Turkey!

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  • My office closes the week between Christmas and New Years. I don't know about you but I'm sure I could use some fresh air after all that family time.

    We would head South to the Smokies the afternoon on the 26th.  This should let anybody that needs to work the 26th get in a full day and leave early for TN.  We'll crash in a hotel room, consume some great food and drink in the evenings and day-hike and enjoy the mountains.

    The website for the town we'll be staying in:

    There will be hikes in the Smokies but we'll also do one or two day-hikes in Asheville, NC led by Ladan who knows the area well.

    We can spend a day at this ski lodge tubing. I doubt the slopes will actually have snow but the tubing area is open when we'll be there.­

    And we can also try indoor sky diving in Pigeon Forge.


    Since it is the off season hotel prices in Gatlinburg are pretty good. I'd like to split a room between 1 to 3 other people to keep my costs down. Here are two options to show the range:

    I'm looking into hotels and they range from about $150/night for a 4 star at a golf resort a few blocks from downtown

    to well rated motels for about $100/night right in downtown.

    Since it will be winter you'll need cold weather gear. I will be staying in the lowlands so we should not need gear for dealing with ice or significant snow. Boots, extra socks, many layers and water resistant outer layers should be good.

    I plan to shoot for hikes in the 5-10 (moderate) difficulty rating from this list:

    Since we're exploring and enjoying the scenery we'll be shooting for a slower pace of about 2.5mph.

    I have only done a few hikes in the Smokies before so many of these will be exploring hikes for me. We'll be letting the Park service know our plans the day we leave in case there are any emergencies.

    Please post the days you want to stay, any activity ideas, whether you want a roommate and any carpool requests.  I want to get the hotel rooms booked by 12/15.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to Great Smoky Mtns last year after seeing something on TV stating this was the most popular park in the US...this is what caught my interest...better than Grand Canyon, Zion, Yellowstone, Tetons? I had to see....It was awesome, except that I only had 3 days total time. Five days should be perfect.

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The time may shift back a day and we may add another day. Will figure out the exact timing as we get closer.
    I'm working on a hotel deal but won't know a final price until we get a better handle on head count.
    We can spend a day at this ski lodge tubing. I doubt the slopes will actually have snow but the tubing area is open when we'll be there.
    And we can also try indoor sky diving in Pigeon Forge.

    November 20, 2013

  • Lena

    Wayne, I would like to join you, if something unexpected doesn't pop up. I wonder whether I may find a good horse riding opportunity there, as they advertise them on the web. Do you think snow may be on the way or the idea in general would be too disruptive for the rest of the company ?

    November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is sure to be snow in the higher elevations. That's why we are staying in the valleys. I don't know about horses. I'm not a big horse fan. :-) but if anybody is still doing horse things I'm sure you can find them online or call the Gatlinburg tourism folks.

      November 12, 2013


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