Back in April, we headed down to Tennessee to visit John's parents. His dad is currently working right outside Nashville, so we spent Easter weekend there before going to Gatlinburg. I really loved Nashville...and basically all of Tennessee. Such a lovely state! :) We are hoping to head back that way again once the kids are older and can do more of the trails themselves. ;)
I thought I would share the five trails we hiked in Gatlinburg. We loved some, and others just about killed us. Mainly because I'm not in shape. ;) haha So, here we go...brace yourself for a picture overload ;)
We stayed in 2 different hotels in Gatlinburg, and our favorite was the Bearskin Lodge. We found a deal on Pigeon Forge's website for a percentage off and free adult ticket to the Ripley's Aquarium (which is an incredible deal!) for booking there. The hotel is off the main road thru the city, and close to hiking trails. We loved it, and would definitely go back there. :)
Gatlinburg Trail was one of the trails within walking distance from our hotel. We walked it early in the morning, and it was so peaceful and beautiful.
John and Abby using their 'binoculars' to explore Gatlinburg Trail. :)
Our favorite trail was the Greenbriar Trail. It was easy and perfect for kids. And, if you go, stop at Shakes and Dawgs along the way - the best hot dogs of your life!! It was also by a fun little Christmas shop where Santa gave each kid a new ornament :) Abby loved it!
The end was beautiful, but wow. You had to work for it!
On our last morning, we went up to Clingman's Dome at the very top of a mountain. It was so windy and we couldn't see a thing. But on the way down, we got to stop in both Tennessee and NC! ;)
Overall, hiking with kids went a lot better than I thought. Tim enjoyed staying the carrier (which we borrowed from Jess and it was a life saver!), and Abby was a trooper. The trees were just starting to come to life, so I can only imagine how much more beautiful it is now!
We did so much more in Gatlinburg, so I'll post our non-nature activities soon! :) If you would like to see how we kept sane in the car along the way, check out our road trip favorites!
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