Left Newport this morning and bid Kelly farewell; she was heading east for work and I had to go west for tomorrow’s outbound flight. Sunshine and 40 degree temps made for excellent hiking weather (something we could have used the last few days). Oh well, onward to make the most of my limited time here!
Driving back I went through Gatlinburg again. Pulled off at a scenic overlook on the bypass highway – so that’s what Tennessee mountains look like, eh?
Next I stopped at the Sugarland Visitor Center which is the main office in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail towards Cataract Falls begins directly outside the park building. This is a small waterfall and very easily accessible for park visitors. Quite tame for my tastes, but would be ideal for families with small children or those not physically suited for the more strenuous areas.
This is a very short trail and has very flat elevation. Good warm-up and checks off a new destination for me!Lat = 35.6855583 , Long = -83.5370102 -- Show at Google Maps