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8/20/09 1:01 P

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Wish I could help you on the Smokies, but I'm a west-coaster...although I agree about the NPS site, if they say the roads close, believe them. Do they say the park is closed? We went to Yellowstone one winter, and you could only snowmobile or ski into the park, I missed out w/ my broken ankle, but we did see a lot of animals on the way in.

Aster, we went to Crater Lake in May a couple of years ago, and they had the road plowed just up to the lake, but any farther you had to ski or snowshoe to get around it. It was so pretty in the snow...



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8/12/09 10:09 A

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Yeah, I thought about those two places and I've looked them up before but didn't this a.m. Still, it's no 5000 ft.

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8/12/09 10:06 A

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side note...
Timm's Hill and Rib Mountain are both over 1900 feet in elevation. Timm's Hill is the highest point in WI at 1951' and Rib Mountain stands over 700 feet above the surrounding terrain making it the most dramatic elevation change in the state. they are about 70 miles apart in North Central WI, Rib Mountain near Wausau and Timm's Hill a little northwest.

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8/12/09 8:32 A

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I've never been there in the winter, but I'd say that with the changes in elevation in the park (which are nothing like what we have in Wisconsin since I don't believe there is anything over 1500' here) that they just may close the roads that they don't plan to plow which go through the higher terrain. We ran into this sort of thing at Lassen Volcanic Park last spring and didn't even try to go to Crater Lake because of it. We also found plenty of roads closed at Craters of the Moon National Monument in late April. I guess if the NPS website says something, I'd believe it.

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8/12/09 7:13 A

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So, my wife is graduating in December from college. She has an affinity for hotels, and also likes to hike. I was thinking that as a graduation "gift" we could drive the 10 or so hours to Gatlinburg TN and spend a few days in the Smokies. It seems that on the NPS website, that most of the park is closed for "seasonal" reasons. We are winter ready "Wisconsinites" and the seasonal conditions there would be really nothing compared to home. Is too much of the park closed to enjoy that time of year? Have any of you stayed in the area? Any hotel recomendations?

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