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Roadtreking: Off the beaten path in the Smokies

WASHINGTON — Having been to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park any number of times, and given that it’s the most visited of all our parks, we didn’t expect it to generate any off the beaten path reports during a recent visit. I’m happy to report we were wrong.

Did you know it was possible to enter the Smokies from the north and completely miss Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg? Driving in through the tiny town of Wears Valley, we noticed a sign in front of a local church advertising a potluck dinner and talk by a park ranger the following night.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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