Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I took some hikes recently in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park and just had to share some of my pictures!  Didn’t want to stay in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg to avoid the traffic (still hit a lot of it in the park).  I stayed at the Tremont Resort (nice little place) in nearby Townsend.  Enjoy!

I am a staunch supporter of our National Parks System, largely in existence today from the efforts of President Teddy Roosevelt.  National treasures!

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CLINGMAN’S DOME – This is the highest point in the park at 6,643 feet.  I went early – arrived at the summit around 7:30 AM.  The sunrise was gorgeous with mountains in their full splendor.  After parking, a half mile steep hike on a paved trail is the only way to the observation tower.  The 38 degree temperature and almost overpowering winds made for a VERY brisk morning!

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GREGORY BALD HIKE – This was accessible near the Cade’s Cove Visitor Center.  A bald is a unique term to Appalachia, meaning a high, grassy meadow (my favorite).  The views were gorgeous.  The hardest hike I ever did – 11 miles round trip, over six hours.  I was totally exhausted, but I’m so glad I did it.  Next time, I will pack more food.  Unforgettable.

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Visit https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm – the official Great Smoky Mountain website – for more information on visitor centers, hikes, maps, and seasonal activities.

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