Travelers on an Adventure by (Tom & Deb) travel blog

Set up in our site




View of the dam from the headwaters campground

And a view from below

water turbine display

Visiting Bush’s



View of part of the plant

Smokey Mountains Scenic Pkwy. Photos









All socked in up at Clingmans Dome

But it was clearing as we came back down the mountain





We will be at this campground through July 28, and then will move toward the center of TN.

The weather has been decent, but we have had a lot of cloudy overcast days, with evening t storms or rains.

Since arriving here we have been busy. We visited the Smokey Mountain National Park including driving the scenic parkway up to Newfound Gap and then on out to Clingmans Dome. Wow, very beautiful! But we will have to go back to Clingmans Dome one day, as by the time we got there, clouds had moved in and you couldn’t see much.

We visited Bush’s baked bean factory out in very rural Chestnut Hill. Did a bit of shopping at the Lodge Cast Iron factory outlet, and a stop at Buds Gun Shop and Indoor Range. Tom checked to see if he might find Hickok45 there in person. Although he was not there, the shop and range were certainly impressive. We crossed the street and checked out Smokey Mountain Knife Works. OMG! What a huge store with so so much! We also spent a few hours at a local flea market.

We have spent several hours driving the roads surrounding the reservoir. The roads are very much like roller coasters (narrow, hilly, and twisty). Many homes / camps perched on the edges with limited water views, and many “water front” homes require 10 flights of stairs to get down the steep banks to the water. While on one of our site seeing adventures, we stopped for lunch at a small family run bbq place along RT 411. Smoked chicken, brisket and pulled pork as well as ribs. Plus in late November they smoke turkeys, and at Christmas, they smoke hams! It was simply fantabulous! And we brought an extra pound home to have for future meals.

At our campground, there is a very very large boat landing which was very busy Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The lake itself is beautiful and we gather many bass are caught from it’s waters. Bentley was able to enjoy a good romp in the waters edge on Thursday and is looking forward to enjoy another dip in the lake before we leave

The towns of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg are very “touristy” and very busy. We drove through them all and decided we like the scenic ways better.

2-Ole-Buddies & Bentley

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