Oh hi there! This is Connor checking in again, and I’m here to make a public service announcement: Rainy Days are underrated when it comes to camping.
Now of course, everyone likes a day when the suns out, and you’re able to frolic around the national park – ask the other guys, I’m quite the frolicker. But that’s just the thing. Everyone likes a sunny day. While we at Coonhound try to give our campers the best recommendations for uncrowded sites, the Smoky Mountains NP is the most-visited park in the nation and during peak season, there’s only so much you can do. I like making friends with the neighbors and inviting them over for a few burgers as much as the next guy, but sometimes you want to get out there for some peace and quiet. In my opinion, a little sprinkle in the forecast is just what you need to get that authentic experience.
In addition to the relative dearth of other visitors, a bit of rain gives that added sense of survival. Now, I’m not going to claim to be Davy Crockett or anything, though we both grew up in Morristown, but on my last trip out in the rain I might have had you fooled. Suddenly routine things have a bit more challenge to them. Cook a hotdog? How about battling the rain while you fight to keep the fire from perishing (fun fact: you can eat raw hotdogs, so it’s not that big of a deal).
Personally, one of my best memories in the Park came when it was raining. I was out with a couple great friends, and all of a sudden an unexpected storm rolled through. We all had a great time bundled in our rain jackets running to get dry leaves and wood for the fire, cooking baked potatoes, and listening to the pitter-patter of rain while we slept.
Now, I’m not suggesting going out in a giant thunderstorm, but we at Coonhound are here to make sure you’re going to be comfortable when there is a little light rain in the forecast. We provide extra tent liners, rainflies, covered firewood, and water-resistant sleeping bags. And if we do see rain in the forecast, we make sure to throw in stuff like a magnesium fire starter, which is specifically designed for wet conditions.
All in all, rainy days get a bad reputation, but they’ve been some of my absolute favorites. When you want a little added adventure or the Park all to yourself, just give us a call. We’ll do all the hard work, rain or shine.