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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Activities: Picnicking

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Peaceful and relaxing

I often just drive up to the picnic area to have a quiet lunch and just get lost in the silence. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful place so near.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2013
Marcey R
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Morristown, Tennessee
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Morristown, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I often just drive up to the picnic area to have a quiet lunch and just get lost in the silence. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful place so near.

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

My wife and I took our vintage RV here during peak colors (late Oct.). Sites are primitive but level, beautiful, and well kept. Fresh water and dump station are right near each other and easily accessible. Water tasted great. Hiking trail to Mt. Camerer peak is gorgeous and challenging and lets you experience a bit of the Appalachian trail. Families... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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208 reviews 208 reviews
108 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a great place for kids to experience the mountains and be outside for a picnic. It is an easy drive from I-40 using the Foot Hills Parkway....6 miles. The views coming over the mountain are terrific too. This was a great area to camp. It offers spaces for rigs, pop ups, and tents. It is near the AT... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We love this area! The creeks are so nice and refreshing to sit on a rock or wade around in after taking a beautiful hike. The picnic area is very nice and relaxing. The bathrooms are very clean!!!

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Cosby, Tennessee
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155 reviews 155 reviews
52 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

There are plenty of picnic tables but there is nothing to see or do.You have to go for a short hike to see the river. Now there are extensive hikes in the area to the falls. If you can't hike uphill, you won't make it.

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Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I wish we brought a packed lunch with us when we came here. Whole area surrounded by creeks for everyone to play in. We could've spent an entire afternoon here. Bathrooms were clean.

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Milford, OH
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103 reviews 103 reviews
36 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The Nature Trail at Cosby is a relatively flat and under-a-mile loop. It's quiet and seldom crowded, and is refreshing in all seasons because of the rhododendrons and little stream you follow and keep crossing. Spring wildflowers are nice, too. Restrooms and picnic tables are nice, too.

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Cosby, Tennessee, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We enjoy driving over to have a little quaint picnic for two or when family is in town a family gathering,the improvements are nice !!We enjoy walking on the park trails too...we love nature...

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Orlando, FL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We haven't explored much here but we did do the Nature Trail on 2 occasions. This time there was snow on the ground. Its a great little trail with plenty of stream crossings and cool little bridges. Lots of lush plant life and just great all around piece of forest. There is one part where the river splits around you... More 

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Chicago
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Bathrooms were very clean and well maintained. We stayed two nights but would have stayed longer if we had the time. Great trails without having to leave the camp grounds. This is my husband's favorite quiet area of the park. We were there for the 4th of July and it still was not over crowded. Tent site $14 a night.... More 

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