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Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by joegib1980, Jul 2, 2018.
"Ole Smokey Distilleries"...that place can get you in trouble
Thanks everyone for the pointers!
I have not yet, though I really want to. We passed through a heavily damaged area on the Rainbow Falls trail on our way up to LeConte a few weeks ago. All of the trees were dead and you could see the erosion and wind damage caused by the loss of roots and undergrowth to hold everything in place. The undergrowth is growing back, but it will take a long time for the trees to come back. I just checked the gps info on these pictures and they are due north of Chimney Tops, a couple ridges away.
They aren’t quite as dangerous as they used to be. It used to be free samples, and each distillery gave a ton of samples. A few years ago we hit them all one evening. Needless to say, we were feeling pretty good by the end of the night.
City officials were afraid people were just taking advantage of the free samples to get drunk (you think?) so they passed an ordinance that they have to charge like $5 for the sampling now. So not horrible, but not as good as it used to be.
But they give you a $5 coupon too.
And if you go on your birthday like I did, they just give you the coupon.
Gatlinburg is a good time for a couple days,
Rusty.. Thanks for the pics. Chimney Tops to me was a very special trail. It's hard seeing the beautiful trees needlessly ruined. And thanks for the info about the "Smokey Distilleries" The good part is that 95% of the Park was undamaged by the fires. We're going to be doing the trails in Greenbriar this time.
"Gatlinburg is a good time for a couple days,".... Your statement really says it all. It's amazing how many people go to Gatlinburg just for the circus that never venture out into the peaceful solitude that the Park offers.
For $5 you get to sample about 8 different flavors. The sample size is less than an ounce. After sampling you get a $5 discount card. So when you do make a purchase you get that $5 back.
But, ohhh lots of tasty shine there!!!
Like I said..that place can get you in trouble
Think I'm going to have to avoid it this time, we got the boys with us.
We spent a day in Cade's Cove, we only had a few days in the area. There is a lot to do and see, Gatlinburg is only good for a day or two. I don't do the whole show/amusement park scene of Pigeon Forge, it just doesn't interest me.
Then we skipped over to Asheville to visit the Biltmore again.
We went the first week of May, I think if we go again it will be in mid April as it was starting to get busy there.
You'll love Gatlinburg that time of year. It'll be perfect! The leaves will be changing and the evening will be nice and cool. Enjoy!