We spent the week of Easter at Anchor Downs RV Resort in Dandridge Tennessee, and visited Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Cade’s Cove and Douglas Reservoir and Dam. We love these Smokey Mountains and had great weather to explore the area.
Located on the Douglas Lake reservoir near Dandridge Tennessee. We had a lake view site, with a great view of the Smoky Mountains Ridge.
170 full hook-up sites, concrete pads with either a fire pit or fireplace. They have a lot of amenities, activities for children and lake access with a boat ramp. Check out there website for a complete listing of all the things they offer to do at the campground.
If you are ever visiting the area, be sure to visit downtown Dandridge. It’s a nice little historic town. The main attraction is Tinsley-Bible Drugstore located on Gay St.
This is a classic soda parlor and drug store that has been operating since 1911. It’s like stepping back in time. Their most popular food items are the “Bible Burger” and delicious milk shakes. Lunch was a blast there, the staff was very “laid back”, treated us like family and made it a pleasurable time.
We took a leisurely ride though Cade’s Cove, which is a 11 mile one way loop located in a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokey mountains.
Europeans settled in the area between 1818 – 1821. There are historic buildings including 3 churches, log homes, cantilevered barns and a working mill.
Go early mornings or late afternoon, evening for the best chance at seeing the local wildlife including bear, deer and others.
Hours are Sunset to Sunrise and it’s located on Cades Cove Loop Rd., Townsend, TN. 865-448-9034.
The campground was on the banks of the Douglas Lake, so we visited the dam. Douglas Dam is located about 32 miles above the mouth of the French Broad River and was built in record time to meet emergency energy demands at the height of WWII. It impounds 28,420 acres of water.
Construction of the dam was completed in record time and was a high priority to supply power to plants in the local areas making items for the war.
On Friday…all good things come to a end, we broke camp to start our journey home. We decided to follow our friends south on I-26 and stop at the Cracker Barrel in Spartanburg SC for the night to break up our 7 hour drive home. It was nice to chill some after driving through the I-26 construction zone and heavy rains. We got up refreshed, had a great breakfast, told our friends bye and continued on home.
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