Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sprintime in the Smokies

Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains, with warmer weather and longer days upon us, it's the perfect time to plan a trip and here at the Beary Blessed Cabin we are offering an April/May Special of stay 3 Nights the 4th is FREE, its the perfect time to come and enjoy the beauty of the Smokies during the springtime.

With the comfortable temperatures during the springtime it is a great time to explore all The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer. The park is known as the "wildflower park" for it's beautiful spring and summer flower displays along roadways and hiking trails. Every spring the park hosts the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. The 62nd annual pilgrimage will take place April 25-28, 2012.   You can enjoy a number of Art classes, nature walks, tours, and seminars which are among the activities offered to participants. Indoor activities will be held at various locations in Gatlinburg, TN, while outdoor activities will be held in the park. Onsite registration begins April 24, 2012 at 5pm at the Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg. For more information visit springwildflowerpilgrimage.org.

If you enjoy being outside, you will find the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be exciting and full of adventure with the many scenic drives, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and horseback riding which are just a few things visitor can participate in. Most of the park activities are free which can make your vacation more enjoyable.

If hiking is something you want to engage in, then there are trails in the park that range from short quiet walks to more strenuous hikes, with some leading to breathtaking views and waterfalls. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the scenery in it's Springlike-state while the weather is pleasant.

There are over several hundred miles of hiking trails in the park and many are open to horseback riding. Guided tours are available at Cades Cove (865) 448-9009, Smoky Mountain (865) 436-5634 and Sugarlands (865) 436-3535, near Gatlinburg, and Smokemont (828) 497-2373, near Cherokee. Rates depend on the tour's length. Check with nps.gov for details and information concerning independent horseback riding.

There are over 2,115 miles of streams within the park that are home to the last wild trout habitat in the eastern United States. Fishing is permitted in the park year round, but requires a valid TN or NC fishing license. Some restrictions apply, so be sure to check with nps.gov for information concerning times and any areas that may be prohibited.

One of our family's favorites, Cades Cove,  is also one of the more popular destinations in the park, with an 11-mile loop that takes visitors back to the time of the area's first settlers. Well preserved homesteads and churches offer a glimpse into their mountain life. The cove also offers the opportunities to view deer, bear, turkey, and other wildlife. A visitor center is located halfway through the loop at the Cable Mill area, where you will find restrooms and plenty of beautiful picnic spots. A designated picnic area is located at the cove's entrance with restrooms and several grilling sites. A store, campground, and horse riding stable are in the general vicinity as well.  Visit nps.gov for more details about Cades Cove and the park's many activities.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park website, nps.gov, has downloadable trip planners detailing popular sites, activities, and general information.  Come and enjoy the springtime in the Smokies, with all the fun, exciting things to do in the daytime, come back to a cozy, mountain view cabin and cook on the grill and soak your cares away in the brand new hot tub or the jetted jacuzzi.  Low rates, free nights and payment plans for an affordable Smoky Mountain Cabin, located between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, just minutes from the parkway's entrance, Dollywood and Ripley's Aquarium.