My plans for this overcast Halloween was to head back over to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and finish hiking the trails off of the Straight Fork Road. I woke up early and made the drive over to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I turned off the parkway and onto the dirt Bunches Creek Road for a twisting descent through the Qualla Boundary and down to the trailhead on the Straight Fork Road. My car was the first to pull into the trailhead parking area on this overcast Saturday.
I hit the Hyatt Ridge Trail
When I had reached the junction with the Enloe Creek Trail,
I reached the junction with the Hughes Ridge Trail
#Find Your Park, not Trash Your Park. I crushed the offending can and placed it my pack for safe transport home. Then I turned around and headed back to Beech Gap Trail.
It was a really quick descent down the Beech Gap Trail. In less than an hour I found myself at the Straight Fork Road