This is a short description of a 5 mile trail ride in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I’m skipping the map I put in previous posts as this one is simple and it’s not a loop, but rather a ride up a trail and back down the same trail so unless you suffer from amnesia then you should be able to find your way back to your truck and trailer.
For this ride I suggest the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #316 Cades Cove – Elkmont Map which in addition to the GSMNP map has contour lines and it’s much easier to distinguish between hiker only and horse and hiker trails. Continue reading “GSMNP 5 mile trail ride (there and back)”
This is a description for a 9 mile loop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This ride does have a few tricky spots, but I would rate this much easier than the 8.6 mile ride I described yesterday. The elevation gain on this ride is also not as severe even though it makes a loop and has two climbs and two descents.
This ride starts at the first truck and trailer accessible parking spot when you enter the park from Townsend and are heading towards Cades Cove. The parking spot is about a mile past the tunnel and is indicated as a black half circle on the Trails Illustrated Map.
I’ve included a map below with some arrows and numbers (you can click the map to expand it to full size). I used black arrows and red numbers (there are already black arrows, but with a little bit of studying you’ll see the trails I’m recommending in this ride). Continue reading “GSMNP 9 mile trail ride (loop)”
This is a description of an 8.6 mile loop for horses (or people) in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I will be posting trail rides and horse information for the National Park occasionally so please check back. Also, please leave a comment if you know of other online resources for trail riding in and around the GSMNP.
This ride starts at the Cades Cove Riding Stable parking lot. We parked our truck and trailer just outside their gates on a large gravel turn-around area. I asked at the stable offices if it was OK, and was also given plenty of information for future trail rides as the receptionist seemed to be a horse person herself and gave us some great pointers for the near future.
For this ride I suggest the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #316 Cades Cove – Elkmont Map which in addition to the GSMNP map has contour lines and it’s much easier to distinguish between hiker only and horse and hiker trails. Continue reading “GSMNP 8.6 mile trail ride (loop)”
I’m going to document our trail rides in and around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park because I’ve found very little useful or helpful information online. Hopefully, someone who is interested may search for information like this and come across my descriptions and find them helpful for their own planning or to get ideas. If you come across this and know of other sites, please let me know and I will link to them so as a group we can improve the knowledge of horse access in and around the GSMNP. Likewise, if you would like to post your own trail rides, I can take your information and write it up or I can allow you to create your own. If there is enough interest, I can even get a new domain and create a trail riding forum/blog with additional features. I’ve added a category and a some tags for Trail Riding (and GSMNP), which you can see at the bottom of this post. I’ll try to post our trail rides at least monthly as we tend to go once or twice per month.
We recently moved to Tennessee and now live within 20 minutes of the Tremont area of the GSMNP. We have our own horses and trailer and these ride descriptions will be geared towards similar people. Continue reading “Trail riding in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park”
There was yet another story about some people who died a horrible tragic death because they used a GPS. I know it’s a tragedy and shouldn’t happen, but it’s not the GPS, it’s the (stupid) people.
I’ve heard of a couple who were lost 7 weeks after taking a logging road in the Pacific Northwest on their way to Vegas (one of whom died), this family in Death Valley, a group of SUVs getting lost in Utah, I remember a bus that tried to go through a tunnel that it didn’t fit through, a man who drove a bus into a lake, and another lake story, I’ve heard Park Rangers tell of getting calls from cell phones where someone asks how to hike out of where they are lost using a GPS, and many many others. All usually blamed on the GPS.
Every one of these stories seems to “blame” the GPS, in fact this story calls it “Death by GPS.” As harsh as this seems it’s actually the “STUPID” that is the issue (so the story should be re-titled “Death by STOOPID”).
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a gadget guy and I love my gadgets. I had an early version of the hand held Garmin GPS which was marketed to hikers, campers, and the like. I have an in-dash GPS in my car, my wife has the ubiquitous GPS suction cupped to her windshield, both our phones have Google Maps with turn-by-turn instructions (walking, public transportation, and of course driving). Continue reading “It's not the GPS that is the problem, it's the stoopid.”