Cosby Campground, Hungry Bear BBQ, and Greenbrier

It feels odd being here near the park and not actually living in the park and volunteering. We feel just a little out of place but are also enjoying the free time. Today we just had to go visit our park friends. Boss Larry told us he would be at the Cosby campground all day today. We drove to the entrance kiosk and met the campground hosts there. Larry was at the ranger station doing paperwork. Here is a shot of the Cosby ranger station as we were walking up to the door.

b01 Cosby Ranger Station
Cosby Ranger Station

Larry was busy entering campground host hours into the computer. For those who have recently started following my blog, Larry is a park ranger and specifically a Visitor Use Assistant. He is our point of contact when we volunteer and I call him Boss Larry.

b02 Larry Ball
Larry Ball

I was getting hungry and Andy suggested trying The Giggling Pig in Cosby for some barbecue. Larry said, even though he does not eat meat, it smelled really good when he drove by Hungry Bear BBQ this morning.  With a barbecue recommendation from a vegetarian, we headed on over.  There were a lot of cars in the parking lot, and the inside was packed with a line of people waiting to place an order and others waiting for their orders to be ready.

b03 Hungry Bear BBQ
Hungry Bear BBQ

I love the way the smoker is right next to the highway attracting hunger passersby.

b04 Hungry Bear BBQ Sign
Hungry Bear BBQ Sign and Smoker

We sat out back at a picnic table near a nice pond.  Actually, I did not take this photo from our table.  We were a bit farther back.

b05 Pond Behind Hungry Bear BBQ
Pond Behind Hungry Bear BBQ

When we walked back around front, I walked over to the “real” barbecue cooker to document where they smoke meat in large quantities. The whole red structure is the smoker.  The man was not handling meat but was pulling large sheets of aluminum foil off a roll and laying them on the table.

b06 Smoking Meat at Hungry Bear BBQ
Smoking Meat at Hungry Bear BBQ

Since the entrance to the Greenbrier area of the Smoky Mountains National Park was right across the highway and we have never been there, we took a little exploration drive. It is a narrow paved road near the entrance but turned to gravel farther on.  Then the road became very narrow, too narrow to pass oncoming cars in some places.  It is about five miles in to the Ramsey Cascade trailhead but, we also followed a side road of undetermined length.  It was a longer side trip than anticipated. We crossed several one-lane bridges and stopped at one so I could take a picture of the Little Pigeon River.

b07 Bridge in Greenbrier
Bridge in Greenbrier, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
b08 Little Pigeon River
Little Pigeon River

We met up with maintenance-man-extraordinaire Spence back at the Cosby campground.  It was his quitting time but he stayed around to visit with us.  Maintenance-Lady-Linda also joined us.

b09 Andy and Robert Spence in Cosby Campground
Andy and Robert Spence in Cosby Campground
b10 Linda Gray
Linda Gray

Linda told us that her daughter-in-law had cancer last May.  Sadly, she died this past week, leaving Linda’s son and ten-year-old granddaughter.  Today was Linda’s first day back at work and she is still in mourning. It is so hard to lose a family member.

9 thoughts on “Cosby Campground, Hungry Bear BBQ, and Greenbrier

  1. Miriam September 5, 2016 / 1:35 am

    Definitely hard. Thanks for sharing this with us.


    • Dinata Misovec September 5, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you Bernadette. We plan to explore the region. We didn’t have time to do that when we were volunteering in the park.


  2. Deborah Whitaker September 5, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Have you driven over to Big Creek and viewed the campground after the big storm there in July? Sure did make it look different! Hope you are enjoying being back in East Tennessee! Beautiful pictures as always! (Was the BBQ Good? We have not tried it, but have had some from “The Giggling Pig” that was real good)


    • Dinata Misovec September 5, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      We are driving over to Big Creek tomorrow – decided to avoid the holiday weekend crowds. The BBQ was OK, but we are going to try the Giggling Pig next time. We ate at the one in Newport last year and liked it. We probably will not go back to Hungry Bear.


      • Deborah Whitaker September 5, 2016 / 9:21 pm

        Thanks for the info, we had bbq at the place across from Cisby High School, will never go back!


  3. Ken brooker November 4, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Hello Dinata from Kissimmee
    Hope Andy is doing well, he looks great! Sorry to hear of Miss Linda’s loss. Great pictures as usual. Would love to hear more about your property search in Tennessee.


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