With beautiful weather forecast for today, I just had to get out for a hike. I decided to head over to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to enjoy the weather and fall foliage. Since I did not want to go anywhere near Gatlinburg, I decided to do a loop hike starting at Mt Sterling Gap. The drive was long, but uneventful and before I knew it I was at the trailhead to start my hike.
The hike started with an ascent on an old road. The fall colors in the morning light were quite spectacular.
Eventually my descent ended and I turned onto the Little Cataloochee Trail.
The first evidence of past habitation that I found was a large flat area that was obviously an old home site. There was one of the old hog traps
From the Cook place I followed the trail (really a road at this point) up to the Little Cataloochee Baptist Church.
I h turned onto the Long Bunk Trail and began an ascent to the Hannah Cemetery.