Update for the upcoming season…

Well, many of you may know by now that Cades Cove, one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, closed on March 1st for renovations and repair and is not scheduled to reopen until May 21st.  Although, the construction company does have an incentive to finish early from my understanding.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and make it easier for them to do so.  I’m sure when they are finished, it will be even more of a sight to behold and might not destroy the alignment on our cars in the process.

However, many people have been given the impression that they shouldn’t come to the Smokies during this time because of certain closures in the Park.  This could not be further from the truth!  Yes, in addition to Cades Cove, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Clingman’s Dome Road will also be closed temporarily, but these are not THE ONLY destinations and attractions of the National Park!  They are some of the most popular ones, and that’s partly our fault because we tout them all the time.

Well, now it’s time to tout the lesser known beauties and favorite spots of the Park.  Having grown up here, I have so many fond memories of the Chimneys Picnic area.  It is one of the best places for access to climb on huge boulders in the river and get some nice shots of the water.  In addition to the gorgeous piece of water running through this area, there is a really nice nature trail right off the pavement at the picnic area.

river area running next to Chimneys picnic area

Have you ever been down Tremont Road?  We travel down it all the time because some of the best water shots can be found there.  There are a handful of waterfall hikes that originate off that road as well, one from Tremont Institute itself.  If you drive all the way to the end of the road, you will be rewarded with a beautiful cascade right at the beginning of a trailhead.

Have you spent much time exploring Little River Road?  From the “Y” in Townsend, turn left and travel down Little River Road toward Sugarlands Visitor Center.  My favorite waterfall in the whole park, “Meigs” Falls is right on the road!  There is a pull off and a stone wall…you can’t miss it.  Then there is the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, the Sinks, the trail to Laurel Falls, many quiet walkways, and the list goes on.

Also, please note that the Cades Cove campground, picnic area, camp store and riding stables will all be OPEN!

The Great Smoky Mountains are filled with treasures and I know, I for one, sometimes get stuck in a rut revisiting all of my old favorites.  I’m looking forward to this time of change that will force me to explore other areas of the Park and discover beauty which I have never seen!

If you are a wildflower enthusiast, don’t let these closures get you down!  We will be teaching a wildflower/photography workshop the weekend of April 17th and it will not be affected one tiny bit by these closings.  More info on that coming very soon, so stay tuned!!

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3 Responses to “Update for the upcoming season…”

  1. Gail Patton Says:

    We all ways come up For the spring festival in Townsend and stay at Tremont. We were hoping you would have the photography workshop the weekend of the 24th.

    • tremontoutdoorresort Says:

      Gail, due partly to your request, we have changed the date of the wildflower workshop to the 23rd, 24th, and 25th! More details coming in the next blog post that will go up today! Thanks for letting us know when you’re coming! We look for to seeing you.

  2. Will you give some details on the days, times and what you will be doing for the April workshop. I am in Missouri and stayed in your cabins last July. If you don’t mind, look at my web site and see with my level of photography you can help me. I appreciate it. Your staff at the cabins was excellent.

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