Sunday, December 1, 2013

On Our Way to the Pisgah Inn
Driving Through the Smoky Mountains
It was time to pack up and leave our lovely cabin at the KOA Townsend and continue on our journey to the Pisgah Inn.  The Inn is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

So to get there, we needed to take 441 and drive through the smokies and onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.

When driving through the Smokies, there are numerous, gorgeous overlooks to stop and check out.

View from New Found Gap
We stopped off at New Found Gap to take pictures and use the rest room.  It is chilly here because we are at one of the higher points of the mountains.  New Found Gap is also where you cross the Tennessee/North Carolina border.  You can also access the Appalachian Trail here.

You can read about our past adventures at New Found Gap here.

Next we headed to Clingman's Dome, which is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains.
Hiking Clingman's Dome
Clingman's Dome is a very steep trail, but only a half mile long.  On a clear day, you are supposed to be able to see eleven States!  I have been here three different times and this was the mistiest yet.  The drive up to the trail was very foggy.  The mist made for a nice cool walk.  You can also reach the Appalachian Trail from the Clingman's Dome Hike.
View from Clingman's Dome

You can read more about our past Clingman's Dome visits here.

After we visited the last visitors center (Oconaluftee) we drove onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Prepare for some big twists and turns on this drive.
One of the Overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway, has many overlooks and hiking trails, but NO Gas Stations, so remember to fill up before you get on.
Scenes on the Blue Ridge Parkway
We finally arrived at the Pisgah Inn.
View from our balcony!