Ramsey Cascades

Ramsey Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the tallest waterfalls accessible by trail in the park!

Ramsey Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the tallest waterfalls accessible by trail in the park!

Ramsey Cascades is a difficult hike with an amazing destination.There are many waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains and a personal favorite is Ramsey Cascades which covers the surrounding area with an ethereal spray of mist as it plunges some 100 ft. over tiers of massive rocks into a dark pool below.

Ramsey Cascades, located in Greenbrier is the park’s tallest waterfall and is often named as one of the 50 best hikes in the Smokies.

The trail to the falls follows the Ramsey Prong of the Little Pigeon River which is fed by streams from the 6,621 ft. Mt. Guyot, the Great SmokyMountains second highest peak.

The last two miles provides hikers an opportunity to enjoy an old growth cove hardwood forest. This is one of the few sections that escaped the logging industry which decimated much of the Smokies before the formation of the National Park. According to the Eastern Native Trees Society, the area includes the third tallest red maple in the park and the second tallest white oak along with a myriad of other native trees. HeySmokies’ favorite “The Twins,” are pair of giant tulip poplar trees which are only a few feet apart. A memorable photo opportunity for all hikers.

The 4-mile one way trail, which rises more than 2,200 feet in elevation, begins along an old gravel road before narrowing into a foot path some one-and-a-half miles later. Hikers will encounter extremely rugged terrain that includes several sections of steep rock steps and must maneuver around large roots and boulders and also traverse a narrow footbridge that crosses some 20-feet above the creek (perhaps not for the faint of heart.)  The last one-third of the trail is extremely difficult. The eight-mile roundtrip, which takes from 5-7 hours to complete, is rated strenuous and is not recommended for novice hikers.

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Virtual Beer Festival

North Carolina virtual beer festival promises to be a tasty diversion!
North Carolina virtual beer festival promises to be a delicious diversion!

Virtual Beer Festival scheduled for August 21, 2020. State of Southern Beer sampler to offer virtual North Carolina beer tasting.

The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG), a non-profit organization, is offering North Carolina beer fans an exclusive opportunity to taste the State of Southern Beer while maintaining a safe social distance- a very social distance!

Each session, to be held via Zoom, will feature a guided tasting experience hosted by an award winning North Carolina brewery. Those registered will receive two 16 oz. cans per featured style (a total of four 16 oz. cans) that will be shipped to them directly.

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Smoky Mountain Southern Fried Green Tomato Recipe

HeySmokies.com's fried green tomato recipe hit's the spot!

HeySmokies.com’s fried green tomato recipe hits the spot! Photo credit – trip advisor.

Smoky Mountain Southern Fried Green Tomato Recipe is the perfect solution to all the extra tomatoes from your garden. The HeySmokies.com culinary crew love nothing better than this tangy, savory, delicious fried dish. Here in the Smoky Mountain region we are blessed with some of the most amazing tomatoes in the world. Our neighbors to the north in Grainger County grow world renowned tomatoes and if we ever run low in our garden we hit the road to the tomato capital of the South. Once a year the Grainger County Tomato Festival is held the last weekend of July. This event is considered one of the ten best festivals in the state and a lot of fun for the entire family.

Smoky Mountain Southern Fried Green Tomato Recipe:

4 Large green tomatoes

Vegetable oil (as much as you need ie: QB)

1 1/2 Cups buttermilk

1 1/2 Cups yellow cornmeal

2 Tablespoons of salt

Nice dash of cayenne pepper

2 Tablespoons of paprika

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Smoky Mountain Poisonous Plants

Smoky Mountain poison hogweed is quite dangerous and should be avoided at all times!

Smoky Mountain Poisonous Plants. Don’t let poison ivy or its relatives scratch your summer fun. “It comes on like a rose, but everybody knows-it’ll really do you in, when you let it get onto your skin” – or so a song goes about poison ivy; and those who come into contact with one of the many plants that contain oils that can cause pure misery will no doubt agree. 

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GSMNP Bike Trail Proposal

GSMNP bike trail proposal. Great Smoky Mountains National Park seeks public input for a proposed mountain bike trail system on the unfinished section of the Foothills Parkway corridor in Wears Valley, TN. The park is initiating an environmental assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act.

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