I felt like the sea was always calling me. Sand in my toes, salt in my hair, and the ocean hitting the beach was always my thing, so when I went to the mountains I didn’t quite know if I would like it. Turns out, I LOVED IT.
Me, my family, and my boyfriend spent an entire week in the midst of the mountains and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it. We hiked uncountable miles, saw nature every direction we looked and took in sights I’ll never forget.
We stayed in a cabin in the woods, which couldn’t have been more beautiful, a little outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This location was perfect because we were close enough to enjoy the tourist events as well as be far enough away from all of the hustle and bustle.
Outside of town, we and hiked to waterfalls and lookouts where the photos just didn’t do justice. On one specific trail, we walked up one hundred and nine flights of stairs on, and that was just the way up!
The good news we had a vast online website (click here for a guide) that had every trail and waterfall. It even included details like the level of difficultly, distance, and duration. This was super helpful because as much as we love hiking, we definitely aren’t pros.
Besides hiking, we spent some time in town eating at restaurants, shopping throughout the town, and got a stellar view of Gatlinburg from the Skylift Park.
It was such a memorable view during the day and at night it was even prettier. Being up so high suspended on the highest suspension bridge in North America, it doesn’t get better than that.
In another town, not too far, we went to the RiverRat Whitewater Outpost. This was probably, besides hiking, one of my favorite things we did on the trip.
Riding down the river in a tube with the sun in your face and cool water underneath you is a feeling like no other. I enjoyed this day so much because we had two different rivers we tubed down and the scenery was gorgeous on both.
Another amazing nature filled activity we did was drive through Cade’s Cove. Cade’s Cove is a scenic drive through the mountains that you don’t want to miss out on.
We drove through twice and one on of the drives we were able to see baby bears! Other animals you can see include horses, deer, and more. Cade’s Cove also has hiking trails along the way, if you want to stop to stretch your legs. (Click here for more about Cade’s Cove)
Tennesse’s Smoky Mountains was an unexpectedly amazing trip. If you’re like me and are a little unsure, trust me it’s so worth it. Being surrounded by the mountains will leave you wishing for more. The mountains are calling, so I better get going. Thanks for reading!