It snowed a little bit last night and I was really itching to get up into the mountains to enjoy walking in the white stuff. Luckily, Noelle let me head out and so I drove towards North Carolina on TN-70. At the intersection with TN-107 I turned off and headed towards Del Rio. Once I arrived at the Houston Valley Recreation Area I parked outside the locked gate and crossed the road to hike the Gum Springs Trail and Meadow Creek Mountain Trail to the fire tower on Meadow Creek Mountain.
The hike started out on a trail lightly dusted with snow.
Eventually I reached a snowy road and turned right to ascend to the top of the mountain. The walking was slippery on the road, but still quite easy. The views from the road were spectacular,
The viewing platform looked relatively new, so maybe there had been a fire tower at the site recently. I climbed the stairs to the top of the tower and was rewarded with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and lowlands.