Monday, October 25, 2010
After leaving Boone, NC, we headed for the Smoky Mountains to stay a few nights. Although it was out of the way, I decided to surprise Andrea with a pit stop at Looking Glass Falls, a beautiful waterfall I had visited on a camping trip I took in middle school. If you're ever in the Asheville area, it's a great site to see and it's very easy to access. You can park right on the side of the road and it's about a 2 minute walk down. Once there, you can stand on the bank and enjoy the view, walk along the rocks in the water, or even wade out and swim underneath the falls!
In retrospect, it would have been nice to stay a night in Asheville and check out some of the other sites like Chimney Rock, Sliding Rock, etc. So much to see in the area and it would have saved us from having to spend the $25 (!) it took to camp our first night in the uber touristy Smoky's... BTW I will be posting about the Smoky's soon, but will focus on our backcountry camping, so for now I just wanted to let everyone know that Gatlinburg, TN is a tourist trap (quite comparable to International Drive in Orlando), front country camping in the Smoky's is not at all worth it... However, there is no entrance fee into the park and back country camping is FREE in the Smoky's!! If you're planning a trip to the Smoky's, I would definitely recommend back country... just try to do a hike within your experience level and bring proper gear... I will go into further detail on the importance of this in the next post. Lesson learned!!!
Posted by TheElegantVagrant at 7:07 PM