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Photo #1530 – 01.23.13

Great Smokies Creek – Etsy Print

Great Smokies Creek - Etsy Print
The peacefulness of a Great Smoky Mountain stream like this one is tough to match. This particular stretch of water was located in the Cataloochee Valley region of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Photo #1398 – 09.12.12

Cataloochee Valley, Where the Elk Roam (Sometimes…)

Elk were once found all over the southern Appalachian Mountains, but it is believed the last elk in North Carolina were killed off in the late 1700s.  Beginning in 2001, Great Smoky Mountains National Park started a reintroduction program with 25 elk, and as of this past summer, about 140 elk make up the herd in and around the park.  Cataloochee Valley is one of the most common areas for park visitors to spot some elk, but we weren’t that lucky on this particular day.  Even so, we enjoyed some time in this isolated part of the park.

Interestingly, it is illegal to willfully approach within 150 feet of an elk in the park…but with adult males reaching upwards of 700 pounds, I don’t think I have a desire to approach an elk out in the wild…

Photo #1207 – 03.05.12

North Carolina Mountains from Clingman’s Dome

On our visit to the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we did not have the best weather for enjoying far-reaching views of the surrounding mountain landscape.  But then again, the Smokies have their name for a reason!  Even with the low cloud cover, the vistas from near Clingman’s Dome in the center of the park were fantastic.  This particular view is looking at the North Carolina side of the park, with Clingman’s Dome and the Tennessee side of the park directly behind.

Photo #1026 – 09.06.11

The Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap in the Smokies

Imagine for a moment that you decided to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and every time you feel like you have covered a good amount of trail, you come upon a sign like this one that reminds you just how far you still have to go!  The Appalachian Trail here in Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the North Carolina & Tennessee border much of the way, and at a point called Newfound Gap, a northbound thru-hiker (someone hiking the trail from south-to-north) has gone approximately 209 miles…and still has 1,972 miles to go to get to Maine!

Photo #965 – 07.07.11

View from Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap

At 5,048 feet above sea level, Newfound Gap is the lowest mountain pass through the heart of the Smoky Mountains.  It is also where Newfound Gap Road reaches the Tennessee/North Carolina border, and the Appalachian Trail crosses through here as well.  This photo was taken atop the Rockefeller Memorial, a stone structure from which President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park back in 1940.

Seems like a beautiful spot to dedicate a park!

Photo #840 – 03.04.11

Skinny Smoky Mountain Bridge

Not too far from where we saw a parade of turkeys {photo #692}, and only a short distance from a creepy abandoned farmhouse {photo #626}, Heather and I came upon this old barn and narrow bridge in the Cataloochee Valley of North Carolina.  Located in the eastern section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this valley is somewhat remote, so combined with some foggy/rainy weather, it meant that there were hardly any other people around, so we were able to take in some beautiful sights without crowds of other tourists.

Photo #818 – 02.10.11

Heather and the Smoky North Carolina Mountains

Located right along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, Clingman’s Dome is the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it provides for some excellent views of all the surrounding mountains.  This particular view is looking toward the North Carolina side of Clingmans’ Dome, and with Clingman’s Dome being about 6,643 feet above sea level, you can probably get the sense that we’re up pretty high!