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Fall Foliage

Hopped in the Miata, put the top down and checked out the fall foliage today. Left the motel and drove through the back roads of Wears Valley to Pigeon Forge, up the Gatlinburg Bypass over Newfound Gap via 441 and then the Blue Ridge Parkway . The best color was on the back mountain roads from Wears Valley to Pigeon Forge and the Gatlinburg bypass, bright yellows, rich golds and orange with a hint of red. Continuing up Hwy 441 the colors appeared around the Alum Cave Bluffs trailhead and continued up through Newfound Gap. The Blue Ridge parkway appeared to be in the early stages of color change, mostly yellows and not as vibrant.

Park to Re-Open

We have received information that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove will be re-opening on Thursday, October 17th.

A whopper of a fish story

21" Brown Trout

Brown Trout caught in the Great Smoky Mountains

Well, I like the Smoky Mountains a lot and I love the Townsend area.

My family and I have made 5 different trips landing in Townsend exploring and fly fishing the National Park.  We usually camp in the park, but this time we were brining our dog.  We stayed at the Townsend Gateway Inn and had our best trip ever.  On the 2nd  day I caught a brown trout in the Little River that went just over 21” .   I caught the fish 8 minutes from my front door at Townsend Gateway Inn –  10 minutes and the fishing would have perhaps been even better.  We stayed  2 weeks at Gateway Inn.  I caught lots of native trout during our stay.  It was a blast !   Everyday we counted our good fortune that we staying at the Townsend Gateway Inn – as the staff were so kind, helpful and the place was so pleasant.  A home away from home.  We had a great time and plan to return soon.

August 16, 2013

Gerry Morehead
New York City


I’d never leave my heart in San Francisco – but I might leave it in Townsend!