After spending the day playing in Pigeon Forge yesterday, we decided to head into the mountains today to enjoy the National Park.
We started by stopping in to the Sugarlands visitor centre. There we purchased a map for $1 and admired the taxidermy animal exhibit. The highlight was the black bear and the possums! Angus told Logan that it was a "very still zoo". The visitors centre also played a video about the history of the park.
We decided to take a scenic drive on New Found Gap road. The scenery was breath taking, and the road was very entertaining. We drove through mountain tunnels and stopped to enjoy the look out points! The Smoky Mountains are the busiest national park in the US. But because of the eclipse there were even more visitors then normal. This meant waaaay more traffic then we anticipated
We took the road leading to Clingmans Dome and got stuck in a very long line of cars heading up. Clingmans dome is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains and offers amazing views - and 7 states are in sight from the top! Eventually we pulled off to the side of the road and walked up to the trail head.
The trail up to the top was only half a mile, but was a very steep incline. Logan had great fun climbing the rocks on the side of the path and really turned the hike into an adventure. He even found some wild raspberries!
The top was really neat, and Logan took a break to enjoy a snack before heading back down.
The top of Clingmans dome intersects with the Appalachian trail. It was neat watching hikers emerge from the trail - looking exhausted from the southern heat!!
By the time we walked back to the car, we had run out of time and had to make our way back to the hotel to get ready for our dinner plans. Tonight we went to a dinner theatre at the Dixie Stampede!
Then we headed into the theatre where we saw horse races and theatrics, pig races, chicken chase and buffalo! Logan really enjoyed
We also ate supper with our hands - picking chicken and corn on the cob!
Logan was very excited to see the horses up close at the end of the show.
After the show we headed back to the hotel for a late night family swim before heading to bed.