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    Shuckstack

    a little bit smoky

    on the bench

    Blue Ridge

    jump

    Max Patch

    above Max Patch

    Max Patch

    I want to go back

    13 photos from snow in the national forest

    in the snow

    Pisgah National Forest, NC

    winter

    Pisgah National Forest, NC

    Crossed over 100 miles hiked in the park today. That it took this long is more reason to hike more.

    poor visibility

    Clingmans Dome

    sky on fire

    Clingmans Dome

    Charlies Bunion + The Jumpoff

    Sunday was 9.5 miles of glorious early-Fall hiking. Better weather exists, but only just barely.

    We (me and Kathryn, you know this by now) left Knoxville around 1 and headed up to Newfound Gap. It was a little hazy in the afternoon, but the mountains were still visible from Alcoa Highway. We went into the park through Wears Valley and Metcalf Bottoms, skipping a few miles of winding Little River Road to save time. Traffic wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Sunday afternoons are usually way more congested. I guess the NFL keeps some people at home. Fine by me.

    The Newfound Gap parking lot was pretty crowded. Lots of people were getting out, straddling the state line, taking photos, playing with their dogs, and not hiking. We started east on the Appalachian Trail and within 10 minutes it seemed like we were the only ones in the park. Millions of people visit the Smokies, but very few of them venture more than a quarter-mile away from their cars. That may not be completely true, but it feels like it is.

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    Shuckstack Fire Tower

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