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Last Tuesday Betsy and I took a ride in the Smokies in our Prius, Mrs. P. One of the seasonal back roads, Parson Branch Road, had recently been opened for the season. Mrs. P sometimes thinks she is an off-road vehicle and was up to the challenge.
We had to drive through part of Cades Cove to get to Parson Branch Road, but that is always a gorgeous drive. When we got to the road, we saw a big sign announcing that Parson Branch Road was a ‘primitive’ one-way road and that it would take at least an hour to make the eight miles to US 129. (I wish I had thought to take a picture of that sign.) The picture above shows one of the better sections.
We enjoy taking these back roads whenever possible, because they often lead to waterfalls that aren’t listed in any of the books we have. We did find several waterfalls along Parson Branch Road which I’ll talk about in future posts. At one point along that eight mile stretch of road I thought Mrs. P might let us down, but she managed to get up a pothole-filled stretch of road (slowly) and had no problems the rest of the way.
But our adventure wasn’t over when we reached the paved highway US 129. We came onto the road along a stretch known as The Tail of the Dragon. As the poster above states, there are 318 curves in 11 miles of road. Obviously traffic doesn’t move at interstate speeds along this stretch of road. It’s a favorite of motorcyclists, however, and people come from all over the country to ride The Tail.
All in all we had a very interesting, adventurous and scenic day in the Smokies.