Day 3: Grotto Falls; Place of a Thousand Drips; Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
Monday, September 28, 2020
Another gorgeous morning in the mountains! Seriously the BEST VRBO we have stayed in!
We decided to hike Grotto Falls and it was a much easier hike than the previous day (to see Part 1 of my recap, click here).
The Grotto Falls hike was a bit more crowded than the Spruce Flat Falls hike and we passed quite a few people on the trail. AllTrails states:
Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.
After Spruce Flat Falls, I would say this trail is easy! 😉 All of the comments on AllTrails is that the trail is more of a walk than a hike and is crowded, which I agree. Either way, it was still a beautiful hike and can’t beat getting out in the woods and ending with a waterfall!
The longest part of our walk was from the car to the trail! Haha, not really but we had to park so far away!
We made it to the trail! Now 1.4 miles to the falls and then 1.4 back! Plus 10 to the car! Haha! 😉
Clark was giddy walking under the waterfall! He was jumping up and down and was so excited!
We walked under the falls and found a little spot to sit and had some snacks before turning around and going back to the car.
Clark was being very dramatic! 😉 Anytime we would pick him up he would act like he is asleep! And so many people that we passed commented on how he was asleep and how cute…sneaky kiddo!
We made it out! Now to hike to the car!
The next stop was the Place of a Thousand Drips and you don’t even have to hike to see it! We drove right by and there was a little parking spot off to the side, so we parked and walked over to this gorgeous spot! And perk: no hiking involved! 😉
By now we were all hungry for a late lunch! As we drove back to our cabin, we stopped in Gatlinburg and ate at Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill. The boys loved watching the cars go by from the patio!
After lunch, the boys got to pick their own ice cream at Kilwin’s Chocolates and I was so envious! Their ice cream and sweet treats looked incredible!! Clark picked the mint chocolate chip and Troy picked the Superman. Looked soooooo yummy!!
After filling up on lunch and ice cream, we drove back towards our cabin but stopped at the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Y’all! It was so much fun!! Clark rode with Stephen and Troy rode with me and it was the most expensive 7 minute ride! Haha! BUT it was so much fun and I would highly recommend riding the coaster with your kids! They still talk about it and asked to go on it again and again. We didn’t get any pictures because we didn’t want to loose our phones, but here are a few pictures from their Facebook page:
We walked right up and got on immediately…no wait! We went at around 4pm and there was only a few other groups that arrived as we finished.
After the ride we headed back to our cabin on the mountain and Stephen grilled burgers and we watched another gorgeous, smoky sunset!
Day 4: Loudon & Vonore Drive
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
It was a rainy day in the Pigeon Forge area so we decided to drive out to Loudon and Vonore to see the rivers and eat lunch out on a golf course. We debated renting a boat for the day in Vonore but it was just too chilly so we just enjoyed the drive instead.
Well, that is it for days 3 and 4!
Check back in Friday for Part 3! Until then, have a blessed Wednesday!!