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Yadkinville, NC to Pigeon Forge, TN via Kings Mountain National Military Park and Cowpens National Battlefield and Cherokee National Museum and Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 312 miles

Today is the day that I head back to Durango after a great visit with my friends and family in North Carolina. My friends’ in Yadkinville both have to leave before I am ready, so I pack up and lock up their house hoping I haven’t forgotten anything.

My first stop today was going to be Cowpens National Battlefield, but I saw signs for Kings Mountain National Military Park nearby and realized it would not be very far out of the way. The battle of Kings Mountain was a key military victory against the British in the Revolutionary War.

I always seem to see something unique when I travel in South Carolina and today is no exception. When I first saw this vehicle in the parking lot I thought this gentleman had just built a motorcycle trailer with car parts. When I took this picture of it I realized he had built a trike using the front of a motorcycle and the rear from car parts.

I continued on and got a stamp at the Cowpens National Battlefield. This was another major battle in the American Revolutionary War. There are walking and driving tours of the battlefield as well as a restored home from the era.

After leaving Cowpens National Battlefield it took me what seemed like forever to get to my next stop at Cherokee National Museum in Cherokee, NC. This was compounded by my decision to take secondary roads rather than the interstates. The roads I took were absolutely beautiful, but they were costly time-wise. The stamp I got there is for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail which commemorates a sad chapter in US history that saw the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their native lands.

Cherokee, NC is at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I get a National Park Tour stamp for the park at the Oconoluftee visitor center and another Trail of Tears stamp at the Sugarlands visitor center in Tennessee.

It is after 5:00PM when I get out of the park and ride through Gatlinburg, TN looking for a place to stay. It seems like Gatlinburg is pretty full this evening so I continue on to Pigeon Forge where there are plenty of rooms and great room rates.

National Parks Tour progress so far – 35 sites, 16 states.

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  1. Nikita Vehicle Says:

    Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is also located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, four miles east of Gatlinburg on Hwy 321 ( 3). Nikita Vehicle