Sunday, January 31, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

It was a much needed family adventure day today. We hit the road early and stopped for breakfast in Newport, before continuing on to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our first stop was a short but pleasant walk on the Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail. We hiked the half mile long trail,
Sierra and mommy walking
stopping frequently to stand on rocks, and
Sierra on rock
look at things like a beetle,
beetle on trail
bear tracks in the hardened concrete walkway, and two old chimneys that are still partially standing along the trail.
Sierra at chimney 1
Sierra at chimney 2

After our hike we continued our visit to the park by driving the Newfound Gap Road. It was Noelle's and Sierra's first time driving the road. There was snow up in the higher elevations and it was interesting to see how the visitors from Florida and Georgia reacted to having snow to play in. We stopped at Newfound Gap
Newfound Gap
and looked around a little bit,
at Newfound Gap
then started to descend down the mountains.

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