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Gatlinburg, Tennessee Suffers From Multiple Personality Syndrome

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If I wanted to stuff my face with Karamel Korn and funnel cakes, have my photo taken while sitting in the Dukes of Hazard General Lee car, play a round of putt putt golf in the world’s most interactive black light golf course, or attend any one of a dozen honky-tonk song and dance shows, Gatlinburg would be my perfect vacation destination. A veritable carnival midway designed to empty pockets and fill stomachs, this Tennessee city is definitely not my cup of tea.

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Gatlinburg caters to the tourist with a carnival-like atmosphere

Yet standing in stark contrast to Gatlinburg’s crass commercialism, the surrounding countryside overflows with natural beauty. Just a few miles east, the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River flows beneath a verdant green canopy, creating miniature white-water rapids as it deftly dodges protruding boulders. Tired from its descent, the river rests, becoming a mirror-smooth green pool. Some unknown visitor has painstakingly balanced rocks in these placid waters – a flock of birds feeding in the dusk. As daylight fades and temperatures drop, mist rises from the sun-warm water, curling around the stone birds. I hold my breath, afraid they will fly away if I make the slightest sound.

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Middle Fork of the Little Pigeon River

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Stone birds rest in a placid green pool

Tonight, in this enchanted cabin on the banks of Middle Prong, I am lulled to sleep by the tumbling creek and raindrops that have just begun to patter on the roof. It is hard to believe that I am anywhere near Gatlinburg.

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15 Comments on “Gatlinburg, Tennessee Suffers From Multiple Personality Syndrome

  1. Pingback: Tunes and Tales in Gatlinburg, Tennessee | wandercast.TV

  2. Im one brasilian it is first time i visit Gatlinburg i can tell !!!! gatlinburg forever my memory moments calm and relax i had there .

    Thangs GOD your are perfect !!!!!

  3. Im one brasilian it is first time i visit Gatlinburg i can tell !!!! gatlinburg forever my memory moments calm and relax i had there .

    Thangs GOD your are perfect !!!!!

  4. Well that is what is so unique of this mountain city called Gatlinburg. 1 minute you can be mixing it up with the tourist in a carnival like atmosphere and in 5 minutes you can be down the Historic Nature Motor Trail and be hiking in peace towards a secluded waterfall.

  5. Well that is what is so unique of this mountain city called Gatlinburg. 1 minute you can be mixing it up with the tourist in a carnival like atmosphere and in 5 minutes you can be down the Historic Nature Motor Trail and be hiking in peace towards a secluded waterfall.

  6. I used to go there as a young girl…it was honky tonk then (1960s) so I can just imagine it now! Of course, back then I loved all the hoop-la. And yes, the surrounding area is beautiful!
    .-= june´s last blog ..Flashback Friday – The Alps =-.

  7. So glad you could stay with us and let us show you around. We hope you will come back again soon and enjoy the tranquility of our little spot on the river.
    Love You Lots,
    R and K

  8. So glad you could stay with us and let us show you around. We hope you will come back again soon and enjoy the tranquility of our little spot on the river.
    Love You Lots,
    R and K

  9. I used to go there as a young girl…it was honky tonk then (1960s) so I can just imagine it now! Of course, back then I loved all the hoop-la. And yes, the surrounding area is beautiful!
    .-= june´s last blog ..Flashback Friday – The Alps =-.

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