Shelly Welch

Shelly Welch

San Diego, CA, United States

July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

We took a guided tour to see this. It's the only way you can get in to see it. It's really interesting, but it is a little mistreated by tourists (trash left around and people leaving coins and whatnot). The guides try to prevent this, but it's still hard to prevent with so many tours going through. Still, it's worth seeing. Just be sure to listen to the guides and BRING WATER. We went in July and it was tremendously hot. It's even worse in the cemetery because the tombs are literally ovens and it's surrounded by a stone wall, so it gets very hot. We had a few people leave because it was so hot and they didn't come prepared. Seeing as how this is the highlight of the tour, don't miss out by being unprepared.

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July 28, 2016
Rated 3.0

We decided to stop by Rock City thanks to a tip from the very helpful folks at the campsite we stayed in. The "Lover's Leap" overlook was amazing, named after an old Indian folktale that spoke of a young man who was thrown over the cliff and a young woman in love that leapt after him (reader's digest version). The fair garden was interesting as well, albeit touristy feeling. Overall, the views were amazing despite the high admission cost (about $20) and touristy feel of some sections. If you have the time it's worth seeing, but don't go out of your way. It's definitely an interesting geological formation (in the places that weren't altered for the attraction), and the history of the place in interesting.

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July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

We tried to stay at another campground, but all the places around the Smoky Mountains tend to fill up fast in the summer. We were recommended this place from another campsite we called. It looked tiny and mediocre at first, but woman running the place was nice (so long as you are polite - she doesn't have much patience for rudeness) and the sites were great. They have decent shower facilities and sell firewood on site. The campsites we stayed in was setup for RVs, so they had water and electric hookups. There wasn't a fire ring though, so you have to get creative if you want to cook, so be prepared for that. The ground was pretty compact since they probably get a lot of RVs there, but the creek right next to the site was wonderful! So great to listen to the sound of bubbling water as you fall asleep.

The location is great - really close to the Smoky Mountains and not too close to all the touristy stuff in Gatlinburg and Sevierville. It wasn't SUPER cheap, but it's a better option than those RV parks if you can't get a spot in the national park.

http://www.smokymountaincamping.com/

2 people found this review helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

We found this small pick-your-own-berry farm just outside of Knoxville. It was hot, but well worth the effort. We left with a tray of blackberries, a tray of various kinds of grapes, 4 ears of sweet corn, some peachwood smoked pulled pork, a dozen assorted homemade donuts, and 2 fresh fruit slushies. If we had more cooler (and stomach) space we probably would've left with more! The man that helped us was so nice and helpful. We both wished we could've made another stop on our way home (sadly we left a different route).

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July 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

We stopped by here on our way to the Smokeys. We purchased tickets online, which was handy. It's a small cave system but definitely interesting. I heard there were overnight options in the caves, which sounded cool but we didn't have the time to do that. I've seen better caves, so it's nothing mind boggling, but it's definitely worth the stop if you're in the area.

2 people found this review helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was one of the best parks we visited on our trip. We were on our way to the Smoky Mountains and stumbled on this little gem. We loved it so much we stayed an extra day. The camping sites were great. They were well spaced from other sites, tucked in forest, easy access to showers and trails, and the park staff was wonderful. The hikes were easy to moderate and the views were amazing. There was a little trail with access in the camping area that was really short but had a great view of the canyon. Definitely worth checking out.

4 people found this review helpful
August 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

We were traveling to New Orleans tent camping and decides to stay here because it got great reviews and was close to the city. This site is probably best for RV campers. The staff was really nice when we called, allowed us to arrive late and pay the next morning. The showers were fine and plenty of them. Lots of amenities near the RV sites, but the primitive camping was more primitive than I expected and the RV sites were crowded and close together. You couldn't feasibly walk to the bathhouse from the tent camping sites and there was no fire ring. Overall the location is great if you want beach or casino or New Orleans access but be advised primitive tent camping is primitive.

2 people found this review helpful