Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 50 - (09/28) Townsend, TN

What a difference a day makes! We left a really bad campground this morning, drove 341 miles and ended up in an outstanding park just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Our route followed I-40E through Nashville and on toward Knoxville. It’s sunny and clear. The highway temperature has dropped from the 84°F we saw in AR to 73°F. We turned south on US 321 near Lenoir City and took the scenic route to Townsend. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are just a few miles away.

Scenery between Nashville and Knoxville was beautiful, lush, green and so very different from what we saw in the southwest. Carol was entranced by the many “brown” highway signs. It seemed that Tennessee offers public park opportunities at nearly every exit. Their rest areas are well maintained and beautifully placed among trees.

Big Meadow Family Campground offers everything missing from last night. We’re parked along a river. It’s peaceful and cool. This is a phenomenal introduction to the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
The Little River flows just behind our site

This garden is just to the right of our site

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