Christmas trip with kids

Old Nov 17th, 2003, 08:49 AM
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Christmas trip with kids

I am planning a 4-5 day trip through the Blue Ridge Parkway with my children, both boys ages 6 and 8 just before Christmas. Where would be the best places for boys that haven't been to the mountains or seen snow? Would Dollywood be too cold? Hoping to find a cabin with a great view.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:54 PM
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December weather can be iffy when it comes to snow in the southern Appalachians. However, your best bets for snow of any kind in this area will be at one of the ski areas in North Carolina, such as those in the area around Boone and Banner Elk. If the weather is cold enough, the ski areas near Asheville will probably be making snow, too. You might check into tubing at one of the ski areas in NC--it's fun and requires no skill. Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee is another possibility, but will likely only be making snow if it is really cold. There are, however, a plethora of cabin choices to select from in that area.

Dollywood isn't located at a high elevation in Pigeon Forge, TN (only around 1000' elevation in the foothills of the Smokies), so your chances of having extremely cold weather are greatly diminished.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 06:00 PM
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I think they shut down parts of the Blue Ridge when it snows.
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Sorry, meant to write that they shut down parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway when it snows.
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Yes, they do. I would want to have a good map and some alternative routes planned if I were traveling the Parkway in the winter. Sometimes I find that they don't open and close the gates immediately upon a change in condition. So, if it snows one day, and has melted 3 days later, but more snow is expected, the Parkway will just stay closed.

In particular, I find the stretch from 276, over Mt Pisgah, and down to the Arboretum near Asheville is closed with some frequency.

And for you Northerners: we don't mean the road is "closed" by snow drifts, we mean there's a 1/2 inch of snow/ice on the road and the Park Service closes gates across the road so people don't slide off into oblivion.
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