Saturday, January 11, 2014

Smoky Mountain Speedway

While the Smoky Mountains offers an infinite amount of entertainment options, some of the best attractions are tucked away from the main city of Gatlinburg. A long time favorite of locals and seasoned visitors, the Smoky Mountain Speedway is one of the most unique attractions found in the Smokies. Located in Maryville the speedway has been around for over 40 years and some of the greatest names in racing have driven the track. More recently, the speedway has carried on that tradition of big name races. In the past few years the speedway has picked up increased attention and will even be hosting multiple races from National Tours in 2014. A great event for the entire family, the Smoky Mountain Speedway offers multiple different ticket options for surprisingly low prices. Tickets range from as low as $15 for grandstand seats to pit passes for $35. Children under 6 are admitted for free. Whether you decide to make it an all day event or just a couple hours, the Smoky Mountain Speedway is a fun event for the whole family.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Abrams Falls

Located within the valley of Cades Cove marks one of the Smoky Mountains’ most treasured attractions, Abrams Falls. The falls stream from Abrams Creek, which is the longest stream in the entirety of the Smoky Mountains Park. Named after a Cherokee Indian chief whose village once stood close to the falls, Abrams Falls has been a favorite for years of visitors to Cades Cove.
The trail leading to the falls is easily accessible, and markers for the trailhead can be found along the driving loop in Cades Cove. While most visitors shouldn’t have trouble reaching the falls, pets and bicycles are not allowed because of multiple log bridges that must be crossed. The trail is two and a half miles to the falls, and is at a moderate difficulty.
Plan on spending around four hours round-trip, depending on how much time you choose to spend at the falls. Well built shoes, water, and a lunch for the trip are all necessities for the hike. You may also want to bring a camera, for the scenic views along the trail as well as at the waterfall. Abrams Falls is 20 ft. in height, and close to the same in width as well. With the scenery of the trail, and the beautiful waterfall at the end, Abrams Falls is one of the best hikes in the Smoky Mountains!