It was a little nuts to try and head into a picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on July 4th, but try we did...We drove and drove along Little River Road on the north side of the park, coming in from the town of Townsend to look for a picnic spot. The park was overloaded everywhere, the Little River was very crowded with tubers, and not much water! Most of the people tubing were floating in one spot and not moving because of a lack of depth of water. Good way to get a sunburn! We looked and looked everywhere, stopping to see some neat places for future return visits, without the kids, like this one... If you look closely, you can see two girls at the bottom of the little falls.
There were no picnic spots available, so we made our own. We pulled off the side of the road where there was room for the car, and we clambered down the hillside to the Little River banks. Out came the nylon beach mats still holding a little ocean beach sand from our trip to Florida. Perfect for placing on a flat rock for a picnic blanket and the kids were set!