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Cosby—The Forgotten Side Of The Smokies

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on August 20, 2012

Some areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park just seem to get all the attention. The 11-mile loop around the Cades Cove community, the synchronized fireflies at Tremont and high-altitude viewing sites like Mt. LeConte and Clingman's Dome are definitely among the most visited sites in the park.

However, there are lots of other great hidden gems in the park that are worthy of note that often go overlooked. One of those is the community of Cosby, which offers the Smokies explorer its own entrance into the national park and several sites worth visiting while you're in that neck of the woods.

Take U.S. 321 about 18 miles from downtown Gatlinburg until it dead ends at Tenn. Hwy. 32. Turn right and go 1.2 miles to the park entrance and then follow the signs three more miles to the Cosby campground. You can enjoy tent camping there, and you can also access a couple of noteworthy hikes.

One takes you to Henwallow Falls, which is a 4.4-mile round-trip hike of moderate difficulty. There are some nice views along the way, and the payoff is a 90-foot-tall cascade from Henwallow Creek. Another hike is a strenuous 12-miler to the Mt. Cammerer fire tower, which offers stunning, panoramic views of the entire Smokies range.

And remember that after you've enjoyed your trip to Cosby and Gatlinburg, zip line fun is waiting for you at Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge.


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