This morning, Noelle, Sierra and I packed up and headed out for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While I've paid a few visits to the most-visited national park in the US in the past few weeks, today would be Noelle's first visit in quite a while, and Sierra's first visit ever! We made the drive on US-321 through Cosby and parked at the end of the Greenbrier Road, where we got our stuff ready
The start of the trail is actually an old road. We followed the gently ascending gravel road along the cascading Porters Creek.
Soon we found a cemetery. What I later learned is the Ownby-Longbranch Cemetery. It was a lot like many of the other cemeteries in the park, only this one saw a much higher number of visitors. So many visitors in fact, that there was a well-defined trail that made a loop through the cemetery. I took photos of a few of the headstones, including one that belonged to a soldier.
Shortly after the flower-carpeted section of trail, we came to Fern Branch Falls.
Of course we saw more wildflowers.
Our last stop on the hike was side trail that we had passed up earlier. It turns out that it led to the very rusty remains of an old Ford Model-T.
Carver's Apple House Restaurant. Then it was a long drive back to Greeneville. I was glad to get home. It had been a great day, but I was very tired!