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Family Trip to the Smokey Mountains
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Posted By: Rondec, 06-23-2014, 03:51 AM

My family and I traveled to the Smoky Mountains a couple of weeks ago. Spent several days in Chattanooga and then spent three days in a cabin up in the mountains above Bryson City, North Carolina. It was a beautiful trip and thought I would combine a bunch of photos together to share a few of the things we saw/did.

In Chattanooga, we:

Went to the Chattanooga Choo Choo (there's a large model train display there as well).



Walked across the Tennessee River on the Walnut Street Bridge.



(there are fountains on the other side)



(and a park)



We also went to the Chattanooga Zoo. It isn't a very big zoo, but it was fun for an afternoon.







Hiked at Signal Mountain.



Went to the Tennessee Aquarium.





Then, we drove to Bryson City. Drove beside Wautaga Lake on the way out.



The cabin we stayed in was at the top of a mile of gravel road with hair pin turns and a very steep grade, but we made it and the view was worth it.





Took a train ride through the mountains.





Hiked and took some photos of waterfalls.





Finally we left for Indiana, but on the way home, couldn't resist grabbing one more photo of Lake Fontana.



Sorry to share so many photos, but it is just so hard to choose.

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Thanks for sharing and glad your family had a good time. I've spent a lot of time in the Smokies and never had a bad trip.
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Thanks for sharing and glad your family had a good time. I've spent a lot of time in the Smokies and never had a bad trip.
Thanks. The kids a bunch of fun. Good memories to treasure...

My daughter tries photography too, but doesn't have quite enough hands.

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Great set. Looks like some great family memories. But how could you have missed Rock City?

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Nice series! We've passed thru the Smokies a few times on business, but never had the chance to look around much. Beautiful shots and looks like you had a nice time
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Great set. Looks like some great family memories. But how could you have missed Rock City?
Oh, we went to Rock City. I just thought there were too many photos as it was.



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Nice series! We've passed thru the Smokies a few times on business, but never had the chance to look around much. Beautiful shots and looks like you had a nice time
Thank, Paul. It is a fun place to stop, although Gatlinburg is to touristy for me.
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Oh, we went to Rock City. I just thought there were too many photos as it was.
That's a relief. I was afraid you missed the signs.

Seriously though, the old signs, painted barns, and birdhouses are disappearing quickly.
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That's a relief. I was afraid you missed the signs.

Seriously though, the old signs, painted barns, and birdhouses are disappearing quickly.
I've always wondered why Rock City and Maramec Caverns in Missouri have so much advertising for them in states a long ways away from where they are. There is a barn out in the country on State Route 150 that advertises for Rock City not far from here.

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One of my favourite parts of the world and you've captured it beautifully. One day I will head back there. The scenery is pure magic and while there are considerable tacky tourist spots - esp. PF it is well worth spending some time there.
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Nice trip; beautiful place and photos.
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Excellent, good to see the light is kind wherever you go. I lived in the Bryson City area for a while...those train tracks were about 50 yards from my house as the grade follows the Tuckaseegee. (The falls on Toms Branch were a familiar landmark as well.)
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Excellent, good to see the light is kind wherever you go. I lived in the Bryson City area for a while...those train tracks were about 50 yards from my house as the grade follows the Tuckaseegee. (The falls on Toms Branch were a familiar landmark as well.)
Thanks. We enjoyed Bryson City more than Chattanooga -- I just love the beauty and the quiet of the mountains and I guess that part of North Carolina isn't that accessible so it hasn't gotten as touristy as some other places.

One more shot from the Bryson City area...

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Wow. Every one of those is a gem. And the sunset to finish it all off. Bonus!
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Wow. Every one of those is a gem. And the sunset to finish it all off. Bonus!
Thank you, Susan.
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