East Tennessee is hot, and when you’re looking for a way to cool down with your family and friends, floating down the river is where it’s at! For me, the River Rat Tubing season pass was a no brainer — because it’s the most convenient way to get on the water without the commitment, logistics, or work of a canoe or kayak. Our entire party of 10 people (including teens and toddlers) had a blast their first time there, and I’ve been tubing with River Rat several times now.
The Spruce Flats Falls trail is rated “moderate” because some portions are rocky and steep… and there are lots of exposed tree roots that are easy to trip over. The hike to the waterfall definitely requires some effort. It’s almost a 1.5-mile round trip. It took us 30 minutes to hike to the falls carrying my toddler son in his hiking carrier. The Spruce Flats Falls hike (with time spent at the swimming hole and waterfalls) takes about 2 hours. See my best tips before you go…
I have a list of must-see waterfalls in Tennessee, and I enjoy checking them off the list each time I see a new one. Today’s was Benton Falls! Here are directions to Benton Falls TN, what you’ll find at Chilhowee Recreation Area, what it’s like at the top of the falls, what it’s like at the bottom of the falls, and what it’s like to hike the entire Benton Falls Trail with a 2-year-old and 2 dogs.
See the 2 motorcycle trailers that we’ve used for our dogs. Both are pull-behind trailers. One is a basic luggage trailer for motorcycling that we used when we only had 1 large dog. The other is a motorcycle luggage trailer with air ride suspension that we used for 2 large dogs after we adopted the second one. See how we how we created our own custom dog motorcycle trailer so we could take our dogs on the road with us!
I’ve got some downhill driving tips for you that I learned firsthand while driving through the hilly Smoky Mountains recently. I (finally) figured out the proper use of 2 and 1 on my automatic gear shift on this road trip! Learning how to drive downhill without using your brakes — and using engine braking instead — will make your mountain driving experience SO much more enjoyable, trust me.
Live near a state park? Consider yourself lucky! If you’re thinking that state parks are smaller (or less significant) than the 59 national parks in the U.S., think again. I love visiting state parks — and with over 10,000 of them across the U.S., there’s sure to be several near you. Find a state park (or national park) nearby, see why state parks are so amazing, and explore lists of the best state parks in America.