Introduce kids to the joys of camping in the Great Smoky Mountains

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Tenn. — Somewhere along the precipitous gravel road that leads to the Cataloochee Valley, a sign looms large. “No cellphone service.” For hyper-connected, news-addicted individuals such as ourselves, this could have caused panic. But on this humid summer day, we tried not to bat an eye. Our mission? Escape civilization for a few days … on the densely populated East Coast of the United States.

But was it possible? Was there even a vestige of untouched American wilderness left on the East Coast?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park seemed to provide the answer.

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Rebecca Smith

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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