LOW IMPACT VACATION
Low Impact Vacation microsite
: This attractive Smoky Mountain Visitors Bureau site will give you information about outdoor recreation activities, nature appreciation, and other ideas for the conservation-minded traveler in Townsend, TN, The Peaceful Side of the Smokies.
Photo by Mary Grace McCaffery
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO "GO GREEN" ON YOUR VACATION HERE IN THE SMOKIES:
At your lodging:
- Turn off lights.
Keep the temperature moderate.
Clean linens only as needed.
Around the Townsend Area and East Tennessee:
- Take the Cades Cove Heritage Tour shuttle starting in mid-October, 2008.
Use our walking path/bicycle trail.
Enjoy local attractions, markets, craft exhibits, farmers markets, events, businesses.
Dispose of litter properly.
Recycle. Bins are available at many locations.
Come by the Townsend Visitors Center for more info.
In the National Park:
- Respect wildlife. Observe from a distance.
Stay on established trails (no pets).
Appreciate the natural diversity of the Smokies and learn more about the flora and fauna at Ranger-led programs.
Be careful with fire.
Learn Leave No Trace techniques for camping.
Dispose of litter properly and recycle.
In your activities and travels:
- Choose low impact fun such as hiking, birding, bicycling, water sports, fishing, horseback riding, shopping for authentic local goods, and visits to nature centers and museums.
Carpool with friends.
Set an example. Teach young people (or, kids, teach your parents!) about conservation and enjoyment of natural resources.
Eat healthy and locally grown food. Visit Farmers Markets.
Get involved with nature awareness, conservation organizations, and environmental education.
Find out more: Green Hotels
How did you spend your green vacation?
Plan your visit to Great Smoky Mountains N.P.
Leave No Trace
Find out more: Great Smoky Mountains Institute
Listings of Farmers Markets
for fresh locally grown produce, honey, eggs, and meats.
Pay a visit to a local organic farm: Liles Acres Organic Farm
, 865-981-2871, in Maryville, TN.
Other Links related to sustainable tourism:
National Geographic Society sustainable travel
Tennessee Department of Tourism: Sustainable Tourism Summit