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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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This is great spot for a hike for all ages. Not very crowded at all. The waterfall was breathtaking and we even had a few moments without anyone else around. I will definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Sarah J
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Westville, Indiana
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221 reviews
170 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is a large picnic area at the Crosby area of GSMNP. Follow Hwy 321East from Gatlinburg & hang a right at the intersection of Hwy 32. Turn right again at the Cosby Campground Road. The parking area is large & every time we've been there, mostly empty. The usual picnic table & pit toilets. Not as scenic as Chimneys... More 

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Thank CindyK48
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

This is great spot for a hike for all ages. Not very crowded at all. The waterfall was breathtaking and we even had a few moments without anyone else around. I will definitely come back when I visit again.

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Thank Sarah J
Morristown, Tennessee
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

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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222 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 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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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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Thank Mary L
Cosby, Tennessee
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193 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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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Thank tipijo
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank sebsaw
Milford, OH
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116 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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