Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Shawn and I made a super quick trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on March 31 – April 1 2018. I had never been before which is surprising because we live only 5.5 hours away (turns out its more like 7 because of construction traffic) and Shawn hadn’t been since he was little kid.…

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Great Smoky Mountains NP: Andrews Bald

Andrews Bald is the highest grass bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park residing at 5,800 feet on the North Carolina side. To reach Andrews Bald we followed the Forney Ridge Trail for 1.8 miles. The trail-head is reached via the Clingmans Dome parking lot. The trail has a unique drainage system – and therefore…

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Great Smoky Mountains NP: Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee, and on the Appalachian Trail. It is also the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Th Observation Tower was built to boost visitors above tree line in order to enjoy the views spanning a hundred miles in all directions when…

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