Jun 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm #1236781
Gonna leave the car parked in Smokemont Campground in the smokies for a week. Has anyone had their car busted into around there? Where are the safe places to park?Jun 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm #1505646
George MatthewsBPL Member
I've been lucky so far when parking overnight in GSMNP. Most of the time, my wife drops me off and then picks me up so maybe I'm not a typical stat.
You can talk to the rangers when you get there or call them.
(865) 436-1231 is for backcountry permits. They have always answered all my questions over the phone or in person.
Beware of parking lot thieves who break into cars parked at trailheads to steal purses, cameras, and electronic equipment. The best defense is to lock your car and take your valuables with you, or leave them at home. Be aware that thieves may be in the parking area watching as you slip your wallet into the glove box or "hide" your laptop under a blanket.Jun 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm #1505649
Thanks, Wife's coming with me, we live in VA so we're parking. we're thinking about getting a shuttle service but $$$Jun 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm #1505652
Zack KarasBPL Member
@iwillchopyouhotmail-comLocale: Lake Tahoe
While this didn't happen in GSMNP, I did encounter one very distraught woman while thru-hiking the PCT. I was coming into a trailhead area and this lady was freaking out as her car was stolen while she was out on an overnight hike. She didn't seem to understand why I couldn't help her out.
You could always park at a safe place in a town and hitchhike in.Jun 4, 2009 at 5:06 am #1505759
Michael RayBPL Member
I'll be parking about a week this summer also, though I was more concerned about where to park in general when out for a few days. If the loop you want to do isn't near a campground, can you park at about any pulloff point or will they tow your car?Jun 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm #1505913
Are you staying in the smokies?Jun 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm #1505940
Alex HBPL Member
@abhittLocale: southern appalachians or desert SW
I have left a car at Smokemont several times (in the fall and winter) for 3 days at a time and never had any problems.Jun 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm #1505944
cool thanks, we're hiking out the clingmans and back. Gonna be groovy!Jun 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm #1505987
Michael RayBPL Member
My plan is to do a couple loops of 3-4 days each and at least 1 day hike. I'll be staying in the backcountry campgrounds. I need to find more info on what to expect at those, too.
For example, I assume there's a parking area at the end of the GSMI road where Middle Prong Trail starts. I'd like to leave my car there several days, come back, stock back up on food in the trunk and drive to the next place.Jun 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm #1505996
George left us the number for the rangers further up this thread. last year we parked at cosby campground and Fontanna Marina with no probs, but we heard there are some break ins around the town of cosby. So lookout! That being said, we had a blast in Cosby. Maddron Bald and Albright grove are what it's all about. Fontanna lake is pretty but the lake shore trail was so/so.Jun 9, 2009 at 10:53 am #1506972
Trevor WilsonBPL Member
@trevor83Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
I've parked at Smokemont without any issues. Since it has a ranger there often, I've felt safer leaving my car there than at some of the other roadside parking lots that I've parked at before. Have a great trip!Jun 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm #1507001
Thanks man, can't wait!
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