Our third fall trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park, mid Sept to mid Oct.
When we arrived at our usual campground we were shocked to see the gates closed. As Look Rock was one of the few campgrounds in the Smokies that was "first come, first served" we had no idea it had been closed due to funding cuts.
We were so lucky to find Big Meadow Family Campground in nearby Townsend, TN. We were told we could stay only one night, but the owners were kind enough to work us in for a month's stay.
Our site at Big Meadow
Our new "toad"...goodbye little red Tracker, hello Saturn Vue. Donnie found the Vue online at nearby Morristown, TN and we just love it
The Little River near our RV park
While on the Cherohala Skyway (43 mile National Scenic Byway that connects Tellico Plains, TN with Robbinsville, NC) we saw some impressive fall colors and this group of antique car enthusiasts. The temps were in the 30s, so these folks were really tough cookies
We had been at our RV park for a few days when the government shut down the national park for two weeks. Sooooo, we spent a lot of time driving surrounding country roads, photographing my favorite thing...old barns!
Our first drive into the park when the road blocks were lifted...Cades Cove Loop.