The Old Homestead

In the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, there is a place where time has stood still. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a 6 mile one way loop road that will take you on a journey through lush forest and flowing mountain streams. Along the way you will find 2 waterfalls, grist mills, log cabins, and other historic buildings. Your senses of sight and sound will become overloaded. Around every bend there is something to see and rushing water can always be heard. Nature is at peace here. Different types of wildflowers bloom throughout the seasons to add splashes of color here and there.

The subject of this photo is known as “Jim Bales Place.” This charming piece of property has been preserved for future generations to enjoy. It is just one of many stops to get out and stretch your legs and enjoy the surroundings.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I encourage you to join the conversation by writing your thoughts below as I truly like to hear from all of my visitors! 🙂



26 thoughts on “The Old Homestead

  1. Hi,
    Wow, I love the old cabins, I can just imagine walking through the forest and then coming across the old cabins, a bit like a fairytale really. 🙂
    Sounds like a very beautiful place, I love the sound of natural running water, and a waterfall in their too, a truly lovely place to go.


  2. I used to live in Georgia and spent many happy hours and days in these beautiful mountains. This post brings back so many pleasant memories and makes me long to go back.


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