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amother




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Post Sun, Jun 27 2021, 11:45 am
Anyone been there? looking for combo of nature and other activities for kids. Thanks!
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Beingreal




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jun 27 2021, 11:47 am
Going there. There is Dollywood, aquarium, nature trails....
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amother




Sapphire
 

Post Sun, Jun 27 2021, 12:04 pm
We went in the winter. We went to the Island, which has some rides and shops, Gatlinburg. Which had snow tubing, ice skating and skiing, and they have these fun mountain coasters all over the area. We were only there for 3 days but there is so much more to do. We are hoping to go back. Just FYI there is no kosher food or Minoan there.
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amother




Almond
 

Post Sun, Jun 27 2021, 12:10 pm
Gatlinburg is a fun place.
In the Smokies itself, there's camping, hiking, check out the visitor's center.

We were there for the Great Eclipse 4 years ago. Great memories!
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amother




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Post Sun, Jun 27 2021, 12:13 pm
amother [ Sapphire ] wrote:
We went in the winter. We went to the Island, which has some rides and shops, Gatlinburg. Which had snow tubing, ice skating and skiing, and they have these fun mountain coasters all over the area. We were only there for 3 days but there is so much more to do. We are hoping to go back. Just FYI there is no kosher food or Minoan there.


Are the mountain coasters fast like roller coasters? ok for little kids and scared mommies?
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amother




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Post Sun, Jun 27 2021, 12:35 pm
Also, any recommendations on where to stay?
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sweet




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Jul 07 2021, 11:31 pm
Is there a way to be there over shobbas?

I see Knoxville is only 40 minutes away from there.
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amother




Dustypink
 

Post Thu, Jul 22 2021, 12:33 pm
Bump
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amother




Almond
 

Post Fri, Jul 23 2021, 11:46 am
sweet wrote:
Is there a way to be there over shobbas?

I see Knoxville is only 40 minutes away from there.

Asheville is approx 2 hours away with a Chabad
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amother




Garnet
 

Post Fri, Jul 23 2021, 11:54 am
Clingman's Dome
Lots of great caverns within 1-2 hours driving distance
Offroad/Jeep tours
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are fun towns with lots of random shops and museums
Ziplining
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amother




Dustypink
 

Post Mon, Jul 26 2021, 1:47 pm
amother [ Garnet ] wrote:
Clingman's Dome
Lots of great caverns within 1-2 hours driving distance
Offroad/Jeep tours
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are fun towns with lots of random shops and museums
Ziplining

Did you hike to clingmans dome?
Where did you do a Jeep tour?
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amother




Heather
 

Post Wed, Jul 20 2022, 12:53 pm
did anyone find a good stream or waterfall hike or swimming hole that does NOT have a difficult or long hike beforehand?
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Zahava94




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Jul 20 2022, 1:13 pm
amother [ Heather ] wrote:
did anyone find a good stream or waterfall hike or swimming hole that does NOT have a difficult or long hike beforehand?


There's a beautiful stream very close to the Chimneys Picnic Area
Cataract Falls is right near the visitor center on the west side of the park
Drive the Little River Gorge road toward Cades Cove, there are many pulloffs right near the stream with nice cascades and swimming holes
On the east side of the park, there is Mingo Falls, a nice waterfall right near the road
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amother




Heather
 

Post Thu, Jul 21 2022, 11:21 pm
Thank you Zahava. Is there any other detail you can provide that would help me find the places you mentioned? I still feel a little lost Smile
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amother




Ghostwhite
 

Post Fri, Jul 22 2022, 12:16 am
I'm here in Tennessee for vacation now. I was in Nashville and stopped 1.5 hours away for tonight. I didn't book a place yet for shabbos.

I want to sleep in the smoky mntns but it's very hard to find a place that's a decent price. Also, I have a baby so would need either a cabin with nice views and place outside to sit, or a hotel. There's no eiruv here...

Airbnb can be up to $800 with cleaning fees for 2 days. Any ideas where I can be for shabbos? Nice area? Preferably with food.
Thanks
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DVOM




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Jul 22 2022, 6:32 am
We camped mostly on the NC side, but did some things in TN.

Our youngest at the time was 4; we kept all hikes under 3 hours, that was pretty much his limit. It was also during the hight of covid, so most of the more touristy things were closed down.

We hiked Clingmans Dome. Really beautiful if you can make it to the top!

Another very worthwhile hike was Big Creek Trail. No real elevation, which made it an easy hike, but the trail crisscrosses a river with about 8 bridges made of single logs with a single railing. Very thrilling for my boys!

We enjoyed the Oconoluftee visitors center. The valley has buildings from old farmsteads that were relocated that you can explore.

Cherokee, NC has a great Native American living history museum that we all really loved.
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