Our Smoky Mountain camping adventure

Our trip started out easy enough. We “enjoyed” 100 degree heat in Indianapolis and had a great time at the Children’s Museum, where we met up with a some friends I’ve known on a knitting board for a few years. Eleanore had a blast at the museum.


Little did I know she was getting exposed to major ick…
We made it 3/4 of the way down to the Smokies Sunday morning and then we found out. It made more sense to soldier on, rather than drive the ten hours back home, so we did. The mountain scenery was beautiful as we drove by, but no one was having a very good time…

We finally made it and set up camp at our campground at Smokemont. Enter Tropical Storm Lee. It POURED for two days. Smokemont Campground is on a small river and it roared all night long the second night. I was afraid it was going to flood in the middle of the night and we would be evacuated, but the water level remained safe, thankfully. Eleanore was feeling better, although she still had a cough and runny nose. Both girls napped in the tent that second day and then Adelaide started with the congestion and coughing.

Grandma and Papa joined us the third morning and we headed to another campground, Balsam Mountain, which was beautiful and secluded at the top of a mountain.

We took a great drive along Balsam Mountain Rd, a one-lane road down the mountain and into Cherokee.


We looked for bear, but didn’t have any luck finding them. We did spot a half dozen flocks of wild turkeys, as well as butterflies.

Once we found our way back to Cherokee, we happened upon Mingus Falls and we climbed the 170 steps to the falls. My calves were hurting the next day, but it was a pretty easy walk.

Adelaide is cutting teeth like crazy. We’re now up to five broken through with another on the way. She has a kooky smile to show them off and we joke that it’s her “I want to eat your face” smile.

The day we ventured home, the horrible cold hit me and I’m still coughing and snotty. Ah well.

Even through the sickness and rain, we still enjoyed our trip. We would definitely camp in the Smokies again! The campgrounds were very well maintained and the scenery was beautiful.


2 Responses to “Our Smoky Mountain camping adventure”

  1. Kristen Bridge Says:

    Oh my! Adelaide is growing up so fast!

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