The Great Smoky Mountain National Park encompasses the highest and one of the most beautiful sections of the Appalachian Mountain Chain, which stretches from Maine to Georgia. Taking in the border region of Tennessee and North Carolina, the park is formed by a series of magnificent mountain ridges as far as the eye can see to the north, south, east and west. There are over 130 species of trees, making the Great Smoky Mountain National Park one of the premier places on earth to view a spectacular array of colors as the leaves change this time of the year. It is also the habitat for 60 species of mammals, including white tail deer, elk, and black bears.
We will meet at a cabin (TBD) near Gatlinburg, Tennessee between three and five on October 9th. After a fabulous welcome dinner at The Park Grill in Gatlinburg, we return to the cabin for a good night’s rest. Early the next morning, we have a big buffet breakfast, pack up gear and head out to the trailhead.
Over the next five days, we hike through one of the world’s best examples of deciduous forest, through valleys and over ridges and along refreshing mountain streams that periodically plunge over the mountain side into breathtaking waterfalls. There will be ample opportunity to catch fish for dinner most evenings, from the many pools along the way. The ultimate highlight of the trip, takes place when we hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail, taking us across Clingman’s Dome, the third highest peak in the Park.
The last day we return to the trailhead and go into Gatlinburg for a mountain style feast at The Park Grill– retelling the wonderful experiences over the past week with our new found friends. Afterwards, we return to the cabin for the final night and conclude the trip with a big breakfast Saturday morning. Make plans to be a part of this wonderful experience!