Rods Guide to the Smoky Mountains - Special Features
Site Map - Here you'll the make-up of Rods Guide. From, info on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to day trips to towns like Robbinsville or Dillsboro, NC. You'll also find all the tips you need about more popular locales as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend, Cosby, Wears Valley, Tn and Cherokee, NC. Other topics range from Smoky Mountain cabins, chalets, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds to the Appalachian trail, various hikes, and Smoky Mountain fishing. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park section includes Smoky Mountain attractions, shopping, entertainment, real estate, golfing, and the oh-so-popular page on fall foliage.
FAQs - Before you start your Smokies vacation plans, you'll want to head over to Rods Guide's FAQs page to answer some of those perplexing area questions that must be asked before planning for a trip to East Tennessee or Western North Carolina. Maybe it's about obtaining trail maps, or the best time to vacate to the Smokies, or hunting and fishing questions, this page is the first stop before setting out on your Smoky Mountain adventure.
Vacation Packages - Check out the latest Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge vacation packages here at Rods Guide from some of the Smoky Mountains finest resorts. Right now, Rods Guide is offering a 3 day, 2 night getaway plus tickets to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies - you can't beat that.
Smoky Mountain news - Get the latest in what's going on in the Smoky Mountains area on Rods Guide's news page. From road work, to events, to special attractions. You'll also find stories of Smokies here from current visitors, as well as some from the region's earliest settlers.
Wildflowers - Take a look at photos of some of the Smoky Mountains most recognized wildflowers. Descriptions accompany each picture of area fauna including azalea, bee-baum, blue aster, canadian violet, chicory, day lily, fire pink, heal all, indian pink, lake spur, morning glory, rose mallow, sleeping beauty, trout lily, wild rose, and many many more.
Wildlife - What kind of Smoky Mountain wildlife can you expect to run in to if you decide to venture into the national park. Maybe a deer or two, even a black bear, but be careful if you do! How about bobcats, various birds like the peregrine falcon.... The Smokies are loaded with wildlife so stop by and take a look at some of the critters that just might cross your path out here.
Books - Looking for the latest in Smoky Mountain literature, periodicals on trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or just a great read on the local area, stop by and peruse the selections in our personal library. Each has a Smoky Mountain theme to it and are available at most local bookstores and park visitors centers.
Regional Interests - Besides the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, they're quite a few attractions and things to do in the area. Head over to Asheville, NC and tour the Biltmore Estate, or if you're here in the Fall, you've got to get to Neyland Stadium and see the Tennessee Volunteers football team play an SEC opponent. These are just a couple of the "to-do's" in the area outside the park.
Weather - For the latest weather conditions, we have linked to several sites which display current conditions in the Great Smoky Mountains area of Tennessee and North Carolina. We hope that this tool will help visitors in getting a more accurate weekly forecast for the Great Smoky Mountains.
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