We can finally say spring has arrived here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Waking up to a cold breeze in the morning and enjoying the warmth of the sun by the mid afternoon. Spring ought to be the best time to visit us here is the Smokies. There are new spring wines being released at your favorite wineries along the Rocky Top Wine Trail and you can enjoy exciting fun outdoor activities, like hiking to the highest point in the Smoky Mountains, Clingmans Dome!
Clingmans Dome Hike
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is absolutely a great place to adventure if you are looking for a moderate to difficult hike. The roads have officially reopened this April along with the following other hiking places:
Clingmans Dome Road: April 1st, 2017
Round Bottom/ Straight Fork Road: April 7th, 2017
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail: April 7th, 2017
Rich Mountain Road: April 14th, 2017
Little Greenbrier Road: April 14th, 2017
Balsam Mountain Road: May 26th, 2017
Heintooga Ridge Road: May 26th, 2017
For more information please visit www.visitmysmokies.com. Be sure to check the weather as the roads may close anytime due to ice.
Hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is a wonderful adventure to experience. You can look forward to seeing incredible things.
- The beautiful wildflowers that are beginning to bloom.
- If you look around you can see Maintain Laurel bushes that are starting to bloom around Gatlinburg as well. Sugarland Cellars has named one of their delicious sweet wines after Mountain Laurel.
- You may be familiar with the name Hellbender as the delicious dry red wine from Sugarland Cellars. Hellbender is also known as giant salamanders that are slithering around the creeks and rivers. Be sure to share a picture with us if ever spotted.
- Rewarding yourself
- Anyone who completes a hiking trail should reward themselves. It is highly recommended to visit the nearest winery and sample a taste of Tennessee before ending your day!
Delicious Spring Wines
Listed below are a few new spring wines the wineries have released. (Hurry, supplies are limited)
Apple Barn Winery: Apple Pomegranate (sweet red)
Sugarland Cellars: Arrowmont (dry white)
Sugarland Cellars: Sunny Days (semi-sweet white)
Mill Bridge Winery: OCC (Orange, Cranberry, and Cinnamon/semi-sweet hard cider)