Today's hike was my most ambitious in quite some time. I awoke at 5 am, got dressed, grabbed my pre-packed day pack and hit the road. I stopped for a quick fast food breakfast and entered the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to discover that the road to my intended destination for the day, the Little River Road, was closed between the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area and the Townsend Wye. This just meant I would have to take a short detour out of and back into the park to get to Tremont, where I would start my hike.
My timing was pretty good today. I pulled into the lot at Tremont just as the sun was rising. It was about 7:45 when I took my first step on the Lumber Ridge Trail.
This portion of trail passed through some areas that had obviously been lived in at some point. There was an interesting cemetery with lots of headstones.
Because of the copious rain East Tennessee has been seeing lately, the creeks were pretty high.
The gravel road continued on for a short distance past the cabin. The hiking got a little bit more rugged after that, but it was never too bad. I saw an old railroad track on the trail
Lynn Camp Prong was deep, cold, and running fast. I could not find a way to cross where I could guarantee my feet would stay dry, so I took off my socks and shoes and waded across.
My hike ended with a 3 mile road walk on the Upper Tremont Road