Smoky Mountain Memory Edition – Part 3

As part of our early September trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we visited Cades Cove. We followed the recommendation in our Falcon Guide book and went early on a weekday to avoid the crowds. The 11 mile, one way trip through the cove featured historic buildings, including cabins, churches and a mill.

John Oliver Place

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View of the mountains from the Cove

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Markers in Primitive Baptist Church graveyard

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Smoky Mountain Memory Edition – Part 2

During our early September trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we hiked to Abrams Falls from the trailhead in Cades Cove.The hike was not difficult, with little elevation change. Because it’s a popular hike, the trail was wide and packed hard. The 5 mile round trip took us about 2 hours.

Most of the trail follows the creek and offers views both high & low. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The pool beneath the falls would be lovely for a swim on a hot summer day.

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There were several log bridge crossings of side creeks.

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Wildflowers along the trail

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Smoky Mountain Memory Edition – Part 1

We went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in early September. Our first hike was from Newfound Gap. The Appalachian trail crosses here, but instead of hiking the more popular northern route (fairly flat and wide) from here, we crossed the road and went south for about an hour. The trail was very shady, and the terrain not too difficult.

We crossed this weird bridge thing, designed to keep wild hogs out of a beech forest

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Since it was very shady, there were lots of mosses and fungi.

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