APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

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Last week we drove down to our Florida home by way of the Shenandoah Valley through western Virginia and into Tennessee.  I haven't been down this way since I went with my family as a teenager.  It is a beautiful ride. We stayed in Pigeon Forge Tennessee within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

 I was here last Wednesday and I had to think about Kat Palmiotti when I was here.  You may know the Kat lived in New York and loved hiking the Appalachian Trail which runs from Georgia through Maine including New York.

This part of the trail is one of the most challenging as far as terrain as it runs along the Tennessee North Carolina Border.  The lean-to shelters built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the1930's include caging grates to keep campers protected from the bears.

We really could have stayed longer and have suggested that it be a destination for our Florida and New York Family to spend time together.

I hope people can find some time to enjoy the outdoors during the shutdown.  We took all precautions and had masks and others did too.

Comments (26)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the Great Smoky Mountains and we would visit there every time we went back to Tennessee to visit family.

Aug 12, 2020 05:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Endre - too bad we didn't have some more time to enjoy this beautiful region.

James - the town itself is quite an attraction.

Sheila and Larry - we camped when I was a teenager and were told by the rangers to put all food in the car.

Barbara - especially if you go camping.

Wayne - bring your grandson with you.

Nick - I did too from Water Gap to Wind Gap.

Brian - that is really cool.

Aug 12, 2020 05:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Grant, for sharing your travel adventures.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 12, 2020 06:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thanks for the mention, Grant! I would have loved to have been there - I like the sign (only 1972 more miles to go!). 

Interesting tidbit about the caging grates to allow safe sleeping from bears. I hadn't ever heard of them (or seen them). Great idea!

Aug 12, 2020 06:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, this is a wonderful area, was there on vacation last September.   Not really "mountains" as I would say, and so different, but had a lot to offer.   I took a hike a couple places, and there signs saying there were bears in the area, but did not see any, thankfully.

Aug 12, 2020 06:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant,  I use to camp on the trail living in Pennsylvania and at the base of the Blue Mountain whick had the trail right there,  walk it many times in both directions.

 

Aug 12, 2020 09:25 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant I love Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlingburg area.  There is so much to do there, yet it is very relaxing.

Aug 12, 2020 10:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Grant,

Thank you for sharing the Appalachian Trail with us.  It is someplace we have not been.  I will ask our dear friends/clients who have a home in the mountains of NC, and can see 4 states including Tennesee from their deck, how close they are to the trail!  A

Aug 12, 2020 10:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - thanks.  They were adventures.

Kat - I immediately thought about you last Wednesday.

Will - yes I knew many trails in Pennsylvania too.

George - yes, there was so many things going on there.

Aug 12, 2020 10:58 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Joan - well next to the rockies the appalachians are small.

Aug 12, 2020 11:49 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Ron and Alexandra A - that is neat.  They are probably close enough.

Aug 12, 2020 12:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We are anxious to do some traveling. However, we are still staying close to home in a social distancing mode.

Aug 13, 2020 06:23 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How cool, Grant. Thanks for sharing this with us, and it did remind me of Kat too.  It sounds like you did your exploring with the necessary precautions. Won't it be great when we can fully experience all that life offers again?  Talk about not taking things for grated. 

Aug 13, 2020 07:26 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - I am sure that you will in a little more time.

Debb and Bernie - that is right.  The is so much beauty to explore in the US.

Aug 14, 2020 05:37 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That must be an awesome trip for hikers.

I hope you had a wonderful day, Grant Schneider 

Aug 14, 2020 08:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Grant Schneider  you are so right it is never enough time... I wish I had more time with my parents on the Trail:))Endre

Aug 14, 2020 08:40 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, your post reminds everyone to explore what nature has given us, and never take it for granted.

Aug 15, 2020 08:29 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Grant- I am fascinated by the Appalachian Trail and so happy that you and Phyllis took some time to see it. We were near the trail once and learned about the Trail Angels. Larry and I thought about volunteering to hand out drinks and snacks on weekends. 

Aug 16, 2020 10:57 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Grant

I was looking at your posts deciding which ones to read and then saw the word smoke. No brainer given my situation here. Thanks for your well wishes, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 10:25 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

One of the main things I love about where I live is being less than two hours from the smokey mountains! Great way to unwind after a week at the office! 

Sep 09, 2020 07:12 AM