Mountain Home Purchasing and Safety While Hiking

A purchase of Gatlinburg property or other Smoky Mountain real estate opens the door for new forms of recreational pastimes.  One of this region’s popular outdoor activities, is hiking.  It truly allows people to get up close and personal, with the awesome beauty of this area.  However, there are always potential dangers in any activity.  Especially, if you are a novice to hiking.  With any activity, accurately assess your level of fitness, and your competence.  For new hikers, you should always hike with a partner.  It helps to get out with someone who knows the area and is experienced.  Read up on where you choose to go, and stick to established trails, until you gain expertise in outdoor skills.  Alert others of your hike route, and expected return time.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, for the terrain and weather conditions.  Begin with short routes, and work up to more challenging hikes.  Depending on the length of your intended trail, bring along a pack to carry essential supplies.  The following might be considered essential items.  A reliable flashlight with fresh batteries, a pocket knife, drinking water, a coat, hat, or rain gear, snacks, a compass/GPS, and first aid items can be valuable in the appropriate situations.  It is always wise to check weather conditions, and be alert for sudden changes that could adversely impact your adventure.

Hiking trips here in the southern Appalachians require an awareness of local wildlife.  It is important to avoid reaching, or stepping into blind locations.  With poisonous spiders, scorpions, and snakes widely available, be certain you are not coming into contact with these creatures accidentally.  At the other end of the animal kingdom, hikers should be aware of their proximity to larger animals like; bears, wild boar, big cats, etc.  Be observant of your distance, and their reactions to you.  Bears in particular can be extremely defensive in protecting their young.  Often bears are attracted to your food.  Feeding them only sets up later problems.  Maintain distance, but do not attempt to run away.  Noise, appearing large, or in numbers, is often a deterrent to curious bears.  The best approach is to be aware, make noise, and do not allow a close encounter to occur.  For greater details on hiking safety go to your; library, bookstore, or go online.

The last word on safety is to protect the Great Smoky National Park for future generations.  All aspects of the park are protected. Rocks, soil, mosses, plants, trees, and animals are protected by fines and possible imprisonment for violations.  The only exceptions is fishing, but regulations are strict.  Understand the laws and obey them.

An activity, like hiking in the Smokies, requires knowledge and preparation. So does purchasing real estate in the area.  Go with a proven leader who has a track record.  The Jason White Team allows you to proceed at your own pace, during the search process.  When needed, our team of professionals is there to provide the expertise to help you “ink the deal”.  Check us out online, to begin today.

Here are a Few of My Latest Listings:

2.57 Acres on Little Pigeon River !!
Once in a lifetime do you find property like this. Located in desirable Riversong Estates. You can build your dream home right on the river with 250 ft of river frontage,or further up the hill with road access to both. Prestine water out of the Smokies.
Type: Land
Location: Pittman Center
Price: $199,900
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Unique and Artistic Log Home
A very unique and artistic log home. Very private yet within walking distance to the arts and crafts community in Pittman Center. Beautiful mountain view from the stone patio,covered front porch w/hot tub, and lots of stained glass throughout.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $189,900
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Mountain Top Home w/ Incredible Mtn View
Luxurious top of the mountain home which maximizes the enjoyment of the view from this house. All master suites,stone patio w/gazebo & hot tub that has been used for weddings due to it’s beautiful setting. Even level parking for lots of family gatherings.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $599,900
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Log Home w/ Rental History!
True log home with lots of charm and modern comfort. Only five minutes to Gatlinburg, ski resort and Great Smoky Mountains. Totally updated top to bottom with new appliances, first rate oak floors, fixtures, granite bath counter and much more. Must see!
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Chalet Village
Price: $139,988
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