Hey there! I am Dan. I took my first solo trip when I was nine. The cycling mission to the other side of town to surprise grandma was a lot of fun. But not for my parents, who thought they'd lost me forever.
Since then, I have visited 30+ countries and made 100s of expeditions to the outdoors. I share my experience here on Wild.
July is the busiest month in the Great Smoky Mountains. It comes with crowds, traffic jams, and the need for reservations. Yet, there are a few quiet spots in the park that most first-time visitors miss.
Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in December is a chance to experience a winter wonderland. Traffic reduces, and snow-covered trails offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and gorgeous views of dusted mountaintops.
May is an excellent time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. Flowers are still in bloom, and all facilities and campgrounds are open by the end of the month. Yet, visitor numbers are still below the summer’s peak.
Fed by rainwater, Lake Awosting has unusual water acidity that does not sustain fish. Reached only by foot, bike, or cross-country skiing, it sits in a gorgeous natural area and offers summertime swimming.
Tibble Fork Reservoir may not be large, but it’s a hugely popular summer destination in the American Fork Canyon. This mountain lake is free from motorboats and offers excellent swimming, paddling, and camping in summer.