Great Smokey Mountains NP, TN

It’s America’s most visited national park. However, after seeing Glacier NP in the summer and Rocky Mountain NP in the fall, Great Smokey Mountains in early spring did not impress. There was just too much gray. I’m sure it’s gorgeous later in the year.

– Cades Cove is an 11 mi one-way loop drive where you can see historic farms and churches.

Cades Cove. Good place to spot wildlife

Cades Cove. Good place to spot wildlife

Creative way to ask people not to leave any marks, Cades Cove

Creative way to ask people not to leave any marks, Cades Cove

Old church and cemetery, Cades Cove

Old church and cemetery, Cades Cove

Peeking into an abandoned barn, Cades Cove

Peeking into an abandoned barn, Cades Cove

Abandoned farm, Cades Cove

Abandoned farm, Cades Cove

Abandoned farmhouse, Cades Cove

Historic farmhouse, Cades Cove

– Laurel Falls trail is the most popular hike in the park (2.6 mi roundtrip).

Laurel Falls trail

Laurel Falls trail

Laurel Falls

Laurel waterfalls

It's a zoo at the end of Laurel Falls trail

It’s a zoo at the end of Laurel Falls trail

Laurel Falls trail

Laurel Falls trail

– Clingmans Dome hike. It’s only 1 mi roundtrip, but it’s steep! It’s the highest point in the park with a dome at the top similar to the one we saw in Everglades NP. Nice views from the top.

Views from Clingmans Dome hike

Views from Clingmans Dome hike

Views from Clingmans Dome hike

Views from Clingmans Dome hike

Signature blue haze, Clingmans Dome hike

Signature blue haze, Clingmans Dome hike

The dome at the top of Clingmans Dome hike

The dome at the top of Clingmans Dome hike

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