Road Trip East:

Caves in Arkansas; Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & the Hermitage in Tennessee; Asheville, including Biltmore Estate, & DuPont State Forest in North Carolina

(Doug & Ellen; July 2013)

Travel Trip Photo: Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest near Hendersonville,North Carolina

Doug and Ellen took a trip, the Road Trip East in July 2013. They rented a car and headed east from Lafayette, reaching Asheville, North Carolina 8 days (and 5 states) later, where they spent a week before returning home. First stop was Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where spent 2+ visiting friends, touring the quaint town and nearby attractions. Next they worked there way east on 'blue' highways through the southern Ozarks, exploring 4 caves along the way and ending in Mountain View, the Bluegrass capitol of the Ozarks. From there they crossed eastern Arkansas and the Mississippi River into Tennesee. First stop in Tennessee was David Crockett State Park, dedicated to early 19th century woodsman and statesman, Davy Crockett. Then it was up the Natchez Trace Parkway to Nashville, for a stop and visit to The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson. The final round-about leg to Asheville took them east, then south through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with a slow meandor through Cades Cove, a very special place, and then a drive through the southern Smokies on the southern most section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. While in Asheville they stayed at the "Treehouse", a quaint, but beautiful little retreat in Arden, a small town just south of Asheville. The week in Asheville was highlighted by a tour of the city, visiting with special friends from Davidson, a day visit to Biltmore Estate and a day at magnificent DuPont State Forest. Before heading back to Colorado, the last day in Asheville included watching Abby, the Spoon Lady, and Ben Shirley, of Turned Earth, perform on the city plaza.

Website photos, with captions and slideshows (with music):
Arkansas: Exploring Arkansas Caves & other Attractions. Starting in Eureka Springs, then on to Thorncrown Chapel, Blue Spring and War Eagle Caverns, then east to Onyx and Cosmic Caves and, finally, Blanchard Springs Caverns and the town of Mountain View, bluegrass capitol of the Ozarks;

Tennessee: Exploring Tennessee, including David Crockett State Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway, The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson) and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, especially Cades Cove;

Asheville: Visiting and exploring the Asheville, NC area - The Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee, North Carolina to the "Treehouse" in Arden, just south of Asheville. During the week, we visited Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Lake and DuPont State Forest, and Asheville, The week ended at the town square in Ashville, where we watched and listened to Abby 'the Spoon Lady' and Ben Shirley of Turned Earth;

Biltmore: A day was spent visiting the Biltmore Estate. The self-guided tour through the mansion. Walking the grounds, with numerous gardens, conservatories, gazebos, streams, lakes, waterfall , walking trails and large winery.

YouTube slide show/videos:
Arkansas

Tennessee

Asheville area

Biltmore



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(Music: Sail Away Ladies; Turned Earth: Abby Roach & Ben Shirley (www.SpoonLadyMusic.com); Used with permission from musicians)