Abundant rainfall and mountain terrain are the perfect ingredients for creating waterfalls. Even the smallest of creeks and rivers produce small cascades. Below are 3 of the more popular trails in the Smokies. These three, although rated moderate in difficulty, are lower mileage. Be sure to stop in one of the park's visitors centers to pick up a park map before heading out on the trails.
Laurel Falls – By far, one of the most most popular waterfalls in the park. The waterfall is 80 feet high and surrounded by mountain laurel. The trail leading up to Laurel Falls is a moderate 1.3 miles. It can be pretty busy and parking at the trailhead is limited so plan accordingly.
Abrams Falls – At 20 feet high, it might not be as high as Laurel but the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls is breathtaking. The falls empty into a large, deep pool that is perfect to cool off your feet in after the 2.5 mile moderate hike.
Grotto Falls – This old beauty stands 25 feet tall and is situated in an old-growth hemlock forest. The hike up Trillium Gap Trail is 1.5 miles to the falls and is also rated moderate in difficulty. The trailhead is in the heart of Gatlinburg off The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
As with any hike:
Be Bear Aware
Bring Plenty of Water
Do not Climb on the Falls – Slippery and dangerous!
Wear Sturdy Footwear
At 12:01 am on July 4th, 2015 the 40th Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Parade will kick off the patriotic festivities for the area, and the nation, being the first parade to occur on Independence Day. The Parade was named by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US” and noted as one of the “Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Smaller Cities” by Livability.com.
The Gatlinburg Fourth of July parade is widely attended and features the 129th Army Band from the Nashville Guard Unit as well as other bands to follow, some from as far away as Minnesota.
The parade features entries from five states and will showcase feature floats, entertainment, exotic and antique cars, balloons and military vehicles beginning at traffic light #1A on East Parkway and continuing on to light #3 and throughout downtown to Ski Mountain Road.
Patriotic onlookers are encouraged to arrive early on Friday, July 3rd to secure a spot along the parkway to view the midnight parade.
The festivities continue at Noon on the 4th with activities and entertainment and conclude at 10pm with the annual fireworks display in downtown Gatlinburg.
Summertime is all about getting out with your friends and family and enjoying some time together. Bob and Angel Foster of Appleview River Resort, invite you to join them enjoy for a movie under the stars! They set up a giant inflatable screen riverside and show family-friendly movies each week. Bring a chair or blanket and join them riverside for a wonderful evening of fellowship and entertainment. Below is a schedule of upcoming movies:
26 "The Lego Movie"
3 "Big Hero 6"
10 "Guardians of the Galaxy"
31 "Jurassic Park"
7 "The Princess Bride
More about Appleview Resort -
Nestled on a quiet peninsula along the Little Pigeon River, Appleview River Resort is one of the few resorts offering both mountain views and waterfront accommodations! Appleview River Resort offers luxury 1 to 4 bedroom riverside condos less than a quarter mile from the AppleBarn Village and close to outlet shopping at Tanger Five Oaks as well as many great attractions and shows.ping at Tanger Five Oaks as well as many great attractions and shows.