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The Great Smoky Mountains are one of our favorite places to visit in our state. There is something incredibly life-giving about breathing in the fresh mountain air, staring at the majestic mountains, and looking for wildlife. It fills us with joy no matter the season, and we are always looking for another opportunity to spend the weekend in this jaw-dropping national park. We planned a weekend trip near the tail end of winter, and we had a blast. This trip allowed us to connect as a family, unplug, and enjoy all of the natural beauty surrounding us. With our bags packed, we jumped in the car and started our weekend adventure. 

We certainly had plenty of things to do in the Smokies on our weekend getaway. Staying at Camp Margaritaville was even better than we could have hoped, and we had high expectations. It was so good it almost kept us from exploring the Smoky Mountains, but the draw of adventure will always pull us in every time. We still have a lot of trails in the Smokies on our list for when we get a doggie sitter, so we would love to hear from you. What is on your bucket list of Smoky Mountain trails, or which one is the favorite that you have done so far? Let us know in the comments. 

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