Clingman's Dome is the highest point in Tennesse and the Smokey Mountains national park. Unfortunately as you can see from the photo, the day I was here the views were not very good as all I could see was a few feet in front of my face.
Fort Nashborough was built on Cedar Bluffs on the banks of the Cumberland River in 1780. Named in honor of an American Revolutionary War general, the log fort withstood numerous attacks by the Chickamauga American Indian tribe, and sheltered the area's first families until the attacks ended in 1792. It was here on Christmas Day in 1779 that James Robertson founded the City of Nashville.
The original Fort Nashborough eventually deteriorated to the point where it no longer existed. The rebuilt fort was completed in 1930 and is an accurate reconstruction of the original stockade and blockhouses, although it is slightly smaller than the original.
Fort Nashborough has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
It has been a few years since we visited Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Tennessee, but Graceland is a must for any Elvis fan. I wasn't even a fan until after I visited!
Sorry, no photos from inside, you are not allowed to take pictures inside, and have to go on a guided tour.
The tour: it starts at the parking area outside of the grounds, and be warned! We were there in the middle of the week, but it was still packed and we had to wait to get on a tour. They drive you up to the mansion and you can walk around the ground floor . The top floor, where Elvis died , is off limits. You can walk around the grounds also, which has several horses. What surprised us was that Graceland was not larger. It was the size of an average 2 story nice house in a nice area.
Outside is the grave site where Elvis and family are burried, and people leave flowers, stuffed animals and other stuff. It's really a sort of emotional experience.
We hiked up this 6360 ft mountain in Tennessee, located in the Smokey Mountain National Park. It is the second highest peak in Tennessee, and you have to hike to get up there. It took us 7 hours both ways, and was around a 10 mile trip. It was fairly demanding and we were hurting a little the last mile out.
But, totally worth it! We had sunshine and a great view on top, and enjoyed the hike, past Alum Cave and past the Lodge.
Many people hike up to the Mount Le Conte lodge ( cabins and a lodge building) and spend the night, but reservations are very hard to get ( I heard more than a year in advance) plus it is not cheap. But, you can do this as a day hike, if you are in fairly decent physical condition.
There is drinking water available up at the lodge, so you do not need to carry it all.
The highpoint of Tennessee at 6643 ft, also the highest mountain in the Smokies.
We have been there several times and only once had sunshine and a nice view. Most of the time it looks like in my photo, cloudy, or rainy. That is why they are called the "Smokey Mountains" after all, the clouds often look like smoke. It is very wet and green there.
You can drive almost all the way to the top, only a short walk up a paved road from the parking lot.
You will either love it or hate it! It's a sort of cute little town right next to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park with LOTS of tourists. I personally love Gatlinburg, people are friendly, lots of things to do, easy access to the NP and lots of great hiking trails, and anything from theme parks ( Dollywood is nearby in Pigeon Forge) to dinner shows. It's like Orlando on a small scale but prettier:)
Cades Cove is one the areas in the Tennessee part of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It has a campground, picknic areas, and a 8 mile loop road that has various historical buildings along the way to look at plus lots of wildlife. We saw a Blackbear with 2 pups, right on the side of the road, plus lots of deer and turkeys. The mill was interesting too, they were actually grinding corn meal at the time.
Make sure you have enough time, the loop road is one way, and people stop everywhere to take photos of the wildlife!! I would say it takes around 3 hours to do the loop road and look at the buildings, but worth it. It's a beautiful place.
There are also many nice hiking trails starting from there, including Abrahms Falls.
The Parthenon is possibly one of large attractions of Nashville located in Centennial Park in downtown. This is the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon in existence with 42-foot statue of Athena. The lower level of the Parthenon is used as an art gallery.
The Parthenon is open
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30;
also on Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 during June, July and August.
Adults - $5.00; Children 4-17 - $2.50 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $2.50.
Great Smoky actually lies within the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, but the park can be reached via entrances in either state. The Smoky Mountains' incomparible beauty is reason enough to visit this park, but add to that the abundant wildlife and historical sights and you have a park that is a must see. That's probably why its so popular and why 40 million or so people visit every year.
For more information, feel free to visit my Great Smoky Mountains National Park page.
Roan Mountain State Park is a year-round outdoor destination, with offerings from the Rhododendron Festival in June to the Autumn Harvest in October to snow in the pines all winter long. You can come for a day and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or rent cabins for a mountain getaway.
Cabin reservations go fast, so be sure to call early!
This park in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport, TN is a great place to spend the day. The Patrick Henry Reservoir (part of the TVA system) offers boating (you can rent paddleboats) and swimming. Picnic areas abound, and pavilions are available (with reservations).
A trail circles around Duck Island for walking or biking - and there's even little workout stations along the way if you're feeling very energetic. There's a large open area for kite-flying, or just lying in the sun.
Mini-golf and horseback riding are also available on-site. (And at the end of your day, there's a Sonic conveniently located outside the entrance! Yum!)
Tennessee may not be as well known for its apples as Washington State or New York, but they throw one heck of an apple festival. We first went to the Unicoi County Apple Festival in 1992 - and boy, has it grown! The first weekend in October, thousands fill the streets of downtown Erwin - a relatively small, quiet community the rest of the year, best known for "hanging the elephant".
Apples are the stars of the show - and they can be seen as craft booths, food booths, and vendors of all kinds line the streets. There's also a 4-mile road race and all kinds of down-home entertainment.
Glenmore was built between 1868 and 1869. Likewise many houses of the Victorian period it has French influences.
Only two families have owned and lived in Glenmore: the Branners and Jarnagins. Both are well-known in Jefferson County. Also, both families have connections to almost every pioneer family in the surrounding region. John Roper Branner, who built the house, was the grandson of Michael and Christina Branner, who came from Virginia in 1799.
From 1868-1869, John Roper Branner built his dream house, which he called "The Oaks." Sadly, John Roper Branner never got to live in the house. He died shortly before it was completed. John's widow, Deborah (ne? Massengill), had to oversee completion of the house and move her children there. Afterward, John's brother, Joseph, ran the Branner Institute for Young Ladies in the house.
In 1882, the Branners sold their home to Milton Preston Jarnagin, Sr. Milton changed the name of the house to "Glenmore," the name of his first son, who died as a baby.
In February, 1970, the 101-year-old house and surrounding property were saved from the auction block and developer's bulldozer when the heirs of Milton Preston Jarnagin, Sr., presented the site to the Jefferson County Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA)
In January, 2000, Glenmore suffered a terrible tragedy. Thieves broke into the house and stole several pieces of furniture and furnishings. Some were priceless, unique antiques. Although some of the items were recovered, the thieves vandalized them all, leaving a hideous scar on Glenmore.
Glenmore shows it in the curving, mansard-type roofs and dormer windows. An interesting legend surrounds Glenmore's windows. Some believe the number counted on the outside does not equal the number counted from inside the house.
Sat. & Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm
May 1 - October 31 (except holidays)
More information you can find on the site below
The idea to build the Park appeared from Mrs. Willis P.Devisin 1923. After long debates where to start the Park and where to get finance for it, the project started. Congress established the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on June 15, 1934, and turned its stewardship to the National Park Service. Land acquisition continued and on September 2, 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially dedicated the park.
Great Smoky Mountains is enjoying views, hiking, fishing, horse riding, bicycling, camping, picnics, lodging in nice cabins. Just choose what you like or try all.
Cades Cove is one of the most popular places of Smoky Mountains. It is 11-mile one-way loop road which lies in the forest and where located more than 100 year-old houses and churches.
The history of this place traces from ancient times when Cherokees came to hunt in the valley. In 1821 Joshua Jobe and his family settled down here. Among other early families were Olivers, Tiptons, Shieldses, and Gregorys. They set clearing the land, building log homes, barns, corncribs, smoke-houses. Some buildings are presented in the Cades Cove like they were during days of the creation. Cades Cove population reached 685 (132 families) in 1850. Lots of new families moved in. They built churches; they did sometimes social events out of work (corn husking, beanstringings, molasses making), they knew everything about neighbors’ families and church members.
In 1927 the first large track was bought and gave to the government for the Park creation. Many of the farmers in the Cove didn’t resist the state’s efforts to buy their land. But some did. One of the strongest resisters was John W. Oliver, a great grand-son of one of the earliest settlers. He fought the state in the court for more than 6 years. His case went to Tennessee Supreme Court three times before he finally lost. He moved his household goods and farm machinery from the Cove on a bleak December day in 1937.
Not everyone left the Cove. They stayed in Cove till they died. But their descendents couldn’t continue the life there.
The last school in Cove closed in 1944.
The post office closed in 1947.
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