I will be heading to Smoky Mountain area in June with my husband and 2 young daughters. I already posted about accommodations and found answers very very helpful, as we are new to the area. Now I am interested in feedback on recreation. I am trying to avoid burned out areas, which some of course is ok, but I am afraid too much might worry my girls as they wont be able to understand yet exactly what all happened and that it is safe now, etc... Anyhow, my first question is if anyone is familiar with the River Romp tubing company and their river routes. 1. Is it safe enough for a 3 1/2 yr old and 5 1/2 yr old (will have life jackets and be with us of course)? 2. Is the route along the river preserved or burned out? 3. How long does it take to do the 2.5 mi trip on tubes? 4. How long do you wait afterward to be picked up? 5. Is it along a highway or more of a scenic route? We would like to feel in nature, scenic, but also need to be accommodating to little kids, trying to find happy medium. I will also call and ask them directly but would be interested to hear outside feedback as well. Or if you have any other recommendations? Thank you very kindly!
I would like to know how much of the scenery and forest has been burned out by the autumn forest fires. I understand that not all structures were burned but if we were wanting to go on a hike, to a scenic overlook or most of all rent a cabin, are there still pristine views of the smokies? And if so, where? I am having a lot of difficulty pin pointing this information. I will be travelling with young children and am looking for both outdoor activities, kid friendly attractions and memorable scenery. I will be driving from Illinois so unfortunately anywhere too far past the Sevierville/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is too far for us. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
How are things looking in March. Planning vacation time for the last week of March 2017. But afraid of smells burnt scenery lots of closures and construction???? Any input?
I think you may be referring to the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway. Next time you are in the area, take the Gatlinburg Bypass and enjoy the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.