Category Archives: VERY IMPORTANT

Rock Slide on Little River Rd. may be cleared by Sunday evening

This is a hot topic on the blog, so I’ll try to keep updated daily on the latest from the Little River Rd. rockslide.  The road is closed right now, and it looks like crews are hoping to get the road back open by Sunday evening. According to the article below, it was discovered at around 2AM Thursday morning.  Little River Rd. is the road to Cades Cove (or Townsend) from Gatlinburg in the park.  If you are leaving the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking lot, Little River is the road you would turn right to head down.  We drove down that road a couple of weeks ago.  This is also the way to get to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.  That’s where we were headed. 

Fortunately, Cades Cove is closed while they rebuild the road there, so I would imagine fewer people would need Little River Rd. than usual anyhow.  Hopefully it will be open Sunday evening.

I’ll update this post as I get new info… feel free to subscribe to this blog, so the updates will be sent to your automatically:)

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/mar/19/crew-cleaning-rock-slide-little-river-road-may-reo/

This rock slide is the 7th rock slide in the last 5 months in the Smokies…

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/mar/20/7-occur-in-last-5-months/

Raymond

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BREAKING: Rock Slide closes portion of Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge spur

BREAKING: Large rock slide has closed the spur road heading to Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge.  Traffic is now being routed to the Pigeon Forge bound lanes.  That road is now divided into a 2 lane road, one lane headed in each direction. 

The good news… this is not June.  I’d imagine it would be best to avoid the spur if you can.  There are back-roads if you know where they are.  If you’re not aware of those, stop by a visitor center and ask for direction.  Quite frankly, they can be very confusing.  I know where several of them are, and I STILL get confused pretty often.  If they were simple to understand, I’d post them here. 

Find out more about the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge rock slide over at the yoursmokies blog… http://yoursmokies.blogspot.com/2010/01/rock-slide-closes-portion-of-foothills.html

-Raymond

***Stand by for many more photos/videos/blog posts/new episode of the GoSmoky.com Internet Talk Show soon.  It’s the 2nd annual GoSmoky.com Ski Trip, this weekend.  We’ll be updating right here on the blog.  Trip brought to you by the Cataloochee Ski Area ( www.cataloochee.com) and A Holiday Motel (www.holidaymotel.net) ***

I-40 CLOSED DUE TO ROCK SLIDE… Possibly closed for MONTHS

rockslide

This is a big deal for those coming to the Sevier county area from the south.  I-40 in the Haywood County area of North Carolina has literally been shut down by the rock slide.  Dave over at www.smokymountaintower.com is blogging about the latest.  Here is his blog page…   http://www.smokiesrentdirect.blogspot.com/ .  It looks like this will close the road for possibly 3 months.  I suppose the GOOD news (if there is any) is that this is happening after most of October, one of the biggest months for the Smokies.  Also, the next 3 months are probably 3 of the lightest months for visits to the Smokies each year anyways.  I would recommend going through Cherokee and through the park to get to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.  Keep in mind though, the road can, and will, close if there is a good bit of snow on the road.  While that’s not a problem right now, it definately could be in the near future as it continues to get colder in the mountains.  My wife and I actually drive south through Cherokee/Maggie Valley or Cherokee/Dillsboro south when we go home from the Smokies.  It will take a little longer than being on I-40 around the park.  I’d imagine it will take even MORE time now that a larger number of people will be taking that route as a detour of I-40 now.  The bottom line is, just don’t worry about the TIME, and enjoy the view.  Once you get off the interstate, it is beautiful country mountain views pretty much the entire drive until you get to Gatlinburg. I would recommend driving up there during daylight hours if you can though, because the roads will not be as wide as taking the interstate.  If you aren’t used to mountain driving at night, it might be easier during the day. 

Raymond

Video from this week’s celebration of the park’s 75th anniversary at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

I’ve been “out of touch” for a week or so.  My dad and step-mom rented a beach house on Folly Beach here in the Charleston area.  I’ve spent the last week walking to the pier, searching/digging for sea shells, swimming, body-boarding, chatting, drinking coffee (something I rarely do,) eating, relaxing and just having a good time catching up with family.  I intentionally didn’t do anything with the blog (didn’t even bring my laptop on the trip.)  I’m catching up with the blog today with a video from this week’s 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Check it out.  This is from knoxnews.com…

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/sep/03/majestic-moment-rededication-celebrates-parks-lega/

***While we were at the beach, I talked to family/friends about the Smoky Mountains, our favorite place to vacation.  The house we stayed in was nice, almost like www.smokymountaintower.com by the sea.  I’d like to stay in this beach house when I’m at the beach, just like we stay at www.smokymountaintower.com when we’re in the Smokies.  Check it out!***

Cades Cove Campground to camping anywhere, some history of camping in the Smoky Mountains

Putting up Camp: Amenities up, numbers down

Knownews.com has an EXCELLENT article about the history of camping in the Smoky Mountains.  I love the photo of early camping in the area.  What I love about it is how I could see the exact same scene today somewhere in the Smokies.  They also reference a book being published soon on the area.  I’ve copied the photo (from the WPA) above.  This might make a great episode of the www.gosmoky.com radio show. Check out the article.  It’s a real treat.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jul/26/putting-up-camp/

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ACTUAL VIDEO of Roosevelt at the Groundbreaking of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I just found this from Holly at “Friends of the Smokies.” This is an excellent blog with information on this weekend’s events remembering the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is also actual footage of FDR coming into the area, and speaking at Newfound Gap. Take a look at it. Great stuff! Click below for full info…

http://www.examiner.com/x-4661-National-Parks-Travel-Examiner~y2009m6d6-Great-Smoky-Mountains-National-Park-75th-Anniversary-weekend

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EXCELLENT Video Blog from the Smokies

I don’t know how it took me this long to find the Great Smoky Mountains Association’s video blog.  It is excellent.  I’d love to do videos like this on my blog, but quite frankly, I’m just not in the Smokies often enough:)  Check theirs out though, it is fantastic!

http://www.thegreatsmokymountains.org/video_blog/