I hope everyone had a great Holiday season and that your life is getting a little bit back to normal, wish mine would, I just wanted to check in a let you know I am still kicking and post an image from my trip to The Great Smoky Mountains from last Fall.
Fall in the Smokys can be a magical time and this trip was no exception, the leaf color was not the best I had ever seen but was still beautiful just the same, but it was the creeks and waterfalls that were running way above normal which led to such a beautiful trip. The last few years the water levels had been low but lots of spring and summer rains help bring the water levels back up to their usual lovely flow.
One afternoon my family and I took a wonderful hike to Spruce Flat Falls in the Tremont section of the Park. The trail begins at The Great Smoky Mountain Institute and winds its way back thru the valley overlooking The Middle Prong of the of the Little River, the trail offers beautiful views of the heavily forested mountainsides and is an awe-inspiring trip. In the fall the leaves carpet the landscape with a vivid color palette and the spring adds the beautiful pastel colors of the Mountain Laurel and Azaleas.
The prize at the end of the hike is the wonderful waterfall known as Spruce Flat Falls, this waterfall has four sections that add up to nearly 125 feet, the image I am posting is of the biggest drop which is about 50 feet. It is a wonderful journey to the falls and on a long hot summer hike their may not be many better destinations in the park then here. The hike is not very rugged and most if not all people who try can get too it, and an added bonus is it is not overcrowded as are many of the other attractions in the park.
So the next time you make a trip to the Park why not get out of the car and make the hike to the Falls you will be glad you did !!