Alan on February 8th, 2009

The national park site used to be considered much more sacred than it is today. The history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began with settlements of Cherokee Indians who were the original pioneers on the land for many years before any other settlers came to the Americas. In the early 1800s, the Cherokees […]

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Alan on February 6th, 2009

Children are welcome on the Alum Cave Bluff hiking trail, although some might get tired on such a trek, so be prepared to carry them if you have to. Once you get about a mile into the trail, you’ll find a log and boulder remains from a flash flood and landslide that occurred in 1993 […]

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Alan on February 5th, 2009

The Alum Cave Bluff hiking trail in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be accessed quite easily. All you do is take the Newfound Gap Road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just inside the park entrance from Gatlinburg, TN, about 8.6 miles. You’ll find two parking areas here, as well as a gravel path […]

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