Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls - View across the valley from the trail

There are no shortages of hikes or waterfalls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and luckily my next stop wasn’t far after leaving Cataract Falls.  Only several miles up the road, Laurel Falls is another popular short day hike.  Parking at the trail head was a battle – likely due to the Thanksgiving holiday and kids … Read more

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls - Trail sign

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! … Read more

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome - Kelly posing in front of the amazing foggy views

Several days into the trip and we finally made it to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  First stop was Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee and the infamous Appalachian Trail.  Views here looking over the mountain range are normally quite amazing, however today Mother Nature had other plans. Driving up the 7 mile … Read more