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Jul 30, 2017 - Great Smoky Mountain Train Ride

Take a ride alongside the beautiful Nantahala River! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½ hour excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Enjoy Bluegrass music and Appalachian stories while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers. The historic Trellis Bridge takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Arrive at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sight-seeing. Open Air Gondolas feature open seating in a car with...

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Oct 28, 2016 - Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

On our way to take a trip on the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad, the route included a stretch on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a road noted for its scenic beauty. It is America's longest linear park, running 469 miles through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. It was built as one of many projects planned under the FDR administration to put people back to work and was half finished when WWII began. One of its purposes was to connect Shenandoah...

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Sep 2, 2016 - Great Smoky Mountains Waterfalls

For Labor Day Weekend, Sandy and I headed out to Robbinsville in the far west of North Carolina for hiking and waterfalls. We left early Friday morning and drove out west, arriving in Cherokee around 11. Our first waterfalls of the weekend were Mingo and Upper Mingo Falls. We had been to Mingo Falls before, but not the upper waterfall. After getting our stuff together, we climbed up the wooden steps and at the top, made a sharp left on a steep, overgrown path. The path went a ways and then sharply cut to the right in a steep switchback....

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Apr 10, 2016 - Waterfalls & Wildflowers

We ventured over to Bryson City, NC area on Sunday to search for some waterfalls and wildflowers in the Deep Creek area of GSMNP. There's a group of three waterfalls just past the Deep Creek Campground. The descriptions in the GSMNP Waterfalls brochure said the first waterfalls, Juney Wank Falls, was said to be only a 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot and the second was another 0.7 mile from Juney Wank on loop that led back to the trailhead. What they didn't say that the walk was mostly uphill. Sue walked to the first falls with me and...

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2016 Winter Trek

Oct 24, 2014 - Deep Creek Waterfalls

We headed to the Deep Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to hike the short three-waterfall loop. We started off along the Deep Creek Trail heading upstream along its namesake creek. In just a couple of minutes, we passed Tom Branch Falls, which flows into the creek from the other side. The waterfall is pretty high, probably around 60 feet, but the water level was a little low and much of it was obscured by foliage. Nonetheless, it was a pretty waterfall that doesn’t require much effort to see it at all. Continuing on the...

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May 26, 2014 - Memorial Day ride towards home

Happy Memorial Day! This morning, we were up and ready to roll by 7:00 sharp. We left out of Bryson City and headed south towards the Nantahala Outdoor Center with plans to eat breakfast there. The morning was cool and crisp after an overnight rain. We made good time and arrived at the NOC around 7:35. The restaurant opened at 8:00 so that gave us time to walk around and check out the scenery for a bit before heading in for breakfast. After a filling breakfast, we loaded back up and headed southwest towards Brasstown Bald (not to be...

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May 25, 2014 - Weekend of twists and turns

This weekend we travelled northeast to Bryson City North Carolina on our Honda Goldwing with three other couples for the long Memorial Day weekend. We left 90 degree heat in Birmingham and have enjoyed the cooler air here in the mountains. Bryson City is a neat little town filled with quaint shops and restaurants all within walking distance of the little motor lodge where we are staying. On Saturday, we rode the Wayah Road which is an old favorite twisty road with lots of hills. Then we rode on Highway 28 which is slam packed with twists...

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May 24, 2013 - Alarka Falls

For the Memorial Day long weekend, we headed to the mountains for a weekend of whitewater fun! We headed out from the Triangle early Friday morning and made our way out towards the mountains. It's a long drive out to the Nantahala Gorge area, so before reaching the gorge, we stopped to see a waterfall. Taking exit 64 off US-74 at Bryson City, we headed down Alarka Road away from town. After a ways, the road turned to gravel and shortly after this, we saw a dog barking furiously at something on the side of the road. We stopped to look and it...

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Oct 21, 2010 - Smoky Mountain Railroad

Today we drove over the summit of the Great Smoky Mountains to Bryson City, North Carolina, for a trip on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. It was a very beautiful drive, beautiful scenic train ride - spoiled only by dirty windows - did give me lots of time to sit across from my beautiful bride and just hold hands. Beautiful day together, who could ask for more. Great Smoky Mountains Railroadhttp://www.gsmr.com/

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Dec 27, 2009 - The Great Smokey Mountain Railroad

THE GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD Since we had four days between Christmas and New Year we decided to use one day to take a ride on the “Great Smokey Mountain Railroad”, www.gsmr.com, in Bryson City NC, about 60 miles west of Asheville. One of its claims to fame is that it was the train that was used in one of the James Bond movie that had an incredible train crash scene. However, even without that, it is well known throughout the region as one of the “must do” attractions for both adults and children. Depending on the time of year, it...

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Historic US 2009

May 13, 2009 - Great Smoky Mountains RR

Another American Heritage train ride into history - Wednesday, May 13 Our first ‘long’ trip in the motorhome was in the fall of 2006 when we spent seven weeks doing a loop through 9 southwestern states. At that time we included a stop in Durango, Colorado where we took an historic train ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. It was an all day excursion on a narrow gauge railway built into the sheer cliffs of the Animus River canyon. The steam locomotive was powered by coal, and the water stations along the way were gravity...

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2009 Spring 2 Fall

Jul 3, 2008 - On to Bryson City, NC

Well it is time to leave Aunt Betty and Uncle Jim’s. They had the real puppets out this morning and had a quick puppet show then we had breakfast together with Aunt Betty. Then it was time to go into the motor home to pack up. It’s so nice that the kids know what needs to be done and they do it. Once the Jeep was hooked up we dropped off post cards and hit the road again. The kids spent time catching up on their books, playing games together and using the Gameboys. Once we passed Atlanta it was a beautiful drive to Bryson City, NC. We...

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Camp G&G 2008

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