If you’re looking to get back to nature, Cocke County is the perfect place to spend your vacation. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be only a few short minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Plus, we’re located close to whitewater rafting adventures, nature walks and trails and many other great things to do outdoors.
Located adjacent to Yogi's Jellystone Campground about 15 miles outside of Gatlinburg, this moderate, little-known trail leads 3.5 miles to a magnificent virgin cove hardwood forest. One stand of ancient yellow poplars is thought to be among the oldest living things in the eastern United States. (Descriptions provided by AllTheSmokies.com)
Cosby Campground in the height of summer when every other campground is full, there are bound to be spaces available at Cosby Campground, only a half-hour drive from Gatlinburg. Cosby offers quiet camping and peaceful picnicking, set deep in the forest along rushing Cosby Creek. Bikes and horses are allowed and rangers give special campfire programs at the amphitheater. (* Descriptions provided by AllTheSmokies.com)
When you fish the French Broad in Tennessee be sure to fish the deeper holes in the river next to moving water, that tactic produces big smallmouth. On the other hand, cast into swift runs and work the bait into the slacker waters. Either tactic is deadly, and all you need is an ultralight spinning rod and reel with a medium action. There are a lot of river lures out there that work and are deadly. Grubs are an all-time favorite, as well as crawfish plugs. They both imitate one of the standard food sources found in the French Broad's waters.