Sunday, April 20, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Gatlinburg Trail

Mom and Dad T are in town for Easter. With beautiful weather we decided to head over to the Smokies (again) for a nice family hike on the Gatlinburg Trail. We parked at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, checked out some of the exhibits inside and then started out on the trail which initially was more of a road walk. We checked out an interesting cemetery
cemetery
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behind the administrative offices and closely followed a stream.
creek
We saw some dwarf crested iris in bloom,
iris
along with lots of yellow trillium.
yellow trillium
Sierra seemed to enjoy riding in her backpack as usual.
Sierra and Daddy

As we made our way closer to Gatlinburg, we saw a few signs of former habitations in the form of stairs
Noelle on stairs
and chimneys.
tall chimney
We crossed the stream on a bridge
on bridge
contemplative Dad
and took a short side trip to the official park entrance sign where we posed for a family photo.
park sign
We then hiked to the park boundary
trailhead
where Sierra ate a snack on a rock. After Sierra's snack we retraced our steps on the trail back to the visitor center.
            

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