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As I lifted my eyes to those summits, involuntarily I took a deep breath. ...........................these mountains were whispering tro me a different message. I did not realize it then, but from that moment this became my view, a source of peace and strength, a stabilizing energy that entered into me to quiet the mind and satisfy the heart.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The GSM National Park is the most visited National Park in the US. One exit up from the Hartford exit is the Foothills Parkway which features majestic overlooks on both sides of the Parkway. The park is quite large and you are sure to find something of interest within its boundaries. Much recommended is the 11 mile Cades Cove loop were you can visit the original settlement, many historic churches and spot wildlife out in the fields.
Gatlinburg is a much visited tourist destination with many attractions including Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, the Galinburg Sky Lift, and Christos Gardens. Walking the "Strand" is a popular pastime in Gatlinburg. There is also Uber Gatlinburg, the ski resort that is open for snow skiing during the cold months.
Gatlinburg is one of the principle gateways to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On the outskirts of Gatlinburg is the Tillman Arts Cernter where local craftsmen sell their wares in a unique bohemian community.
Pigeon Forge, TN
Pigeon Forge is famous for its most famous native, Dolly Parton, and her theme park Dollywood. There is also Dollywood Splash Country and her dinner theater, The Dixie Stampede. A variety of shows are always playing at Pigeon Forge so each time you visit, there is always something new to see.. The Old Mill is a historic working grist mill that has a cafe and bakery and sells stone ground flour and cornmeal. The shopping is excellent with multiple outlet malls. Pigeon Forge stresses a family friendly atmosphere.
Asheville, NC has long been known as the "Paris of the South" for its eclectic mix of traditional and progressive arts and crafts, rich traditions of music and theatre, and general romantic atmosphere. It first reached national popularity in the late 1800's as a spa resort for the very wealthy. In 45 minutes from our cabins, you can sip coffee at a sidewalk cafe while exploring Asheville's many artsy shops and galleries.
The Biltmore Estate
Located just east of Asheville is The Biltmore Estate, America's largest home. George Vanderbilt planned his stately home and country retreat to be a fully self sustaining estate over 100 years ago. Today it is a premier destination to view the gardens and house. Each season has different events planned.
Carl Sandburg Homeplace
The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is 22 miles south of Asheville, NC. It's a really lovely spot and home to the famous Connemara dairy goat herd. Kids love to visit the dairy barn and pet the goats. There are over five miles of trails to walk and discover this great American poet who spent his life exploring what it meant to be an American.
Greeneville, TN is just north of us. This charming town has many historical sites of interest and many charming shops. Also in Greeneville are many sites dealing with Andrew Johnson and Davy Crockett.
Capitol of the lost state of Franklin, Jonesborough is also home to the International Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Festival. Jonesborough also has the distinction of being the oldest city in Tennessee.
Cherokee, NC is home to the eastern band of the Cherokee Indian Tribe. You can visit Oconoluftee Village, see Unto these Hills(an outdoor drama entering its 57th season), and tour the museum. For more adult-oriented entertainment, there is Harrah's Casino.
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Clinton and Irene Shelton
Big Creek Cabin Rentals
1935 Old 15th Road
Hartford, TN 37753
Call Us: (423)-487-3776