Discovering YOU Magazine October 2018 Issue - Page 28

VACATION AND TRAVEL

This area also has yearly events which are the Craftsmen’s Fair, Octoberfest, Harvest Fest, a Chile Cook-off, a car show and different fall festivals. There are many outdoor activities as well as indoor

activities as far as entertainment goes, its everywhere in the surrounding area, things to see and do. Depending on what your taste is, it best to send for a FREE travel guide or you can just view it online. You will see nature hiking trails, picnic areas, river/streams, waterfalls, horseback riding, zipline rides, and a historical log cabin. If you have the time, take a ride on an aerial tramway (Ski lift) to the top of the mountains which has an amusement park at the top, with a breathtaking view of the mountains and the cities below for miles.

When this area became a National Park over 1200 residents had to relocate somewhere else including the Cherokee Indians which were forced out of the Smokey Mountains, which history now refers to as the “Trail of Tears” with their relocation to the state of Oklahoma. Did you also know that the Smokey Mountains National Park is the “Salamander Capital of the World?” Here is something I found shocking; The Smokey Mountain National Park’s temperature is usually never much higher than 80 degrees in the park itself, but make sure you check the temperature before arriving because at night time you may need a jacket.

If you decide to hike, there are over 800 square miles in this park with 9 trails leading to waterfalls, and the good news is this park is FREE to enter. Out of all the National Parks in the United States, this one is the most visited. So bring a camera and have fun even if it’s just for a few days. If you arrive in September, October or November, this is considered the fall season at this park. By December they gear up for Christmas and the ski season.

"You will see nature hiking trails, picnic areas, river/streams, waterfalls, horseback riding, zipline rides, and a historical

log cabin."