8 miles and 15 minutes
hey Ray -- if you guys end up staying in Bryson City and are looking for some breakfast... there's a diner right on Everret Street (the main drag downtown) with fantastic breakfast. i wish i could remember the name of the place, but it escapes me.
also, if you're looking for some hiking, Tom Branch Falls is a short distance up the Deep Creek Trail and is very nice. there are two other falls (Juney Whank and Indian Creek) very close to here... you can get all three in less than 2 miles. Deep Creek is just a stone's throw from Bryson City.
Thanks everyone for the input. We are regular visitors to the Smokie Mountains area, but this will be a new area (Bryson City) for us to stay in.
I'm really not able to do much hiking so my limit is about a 1/4 mile or so. That being said. we're mainly interested in going somewhere we've never been to before, and photographing new sights. I hate that I'm limited in my ability to wander around like I once could, but just being in the smokies and able to breathe in the higher altitude air and witness God's creation is so life reaffirming.
You also have Socco Falls on 19 just before you get to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is kind of hard to find the pull off for the falls.
We are old folks too. We took the train ride at Bryson last year and then went to Cherokee for the night. If you're going to Bryson from Paris, get off the interstate before Knoxville and go through Maryville. Then get on the Foothills Parkway and go to Bryson around that way. It will give you a nice change of scenery if you're used to going in through Sevierville. Don't forget to make a stop at Fontana Dam
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