It’s probably the park with the most pullouts with fantastic views. It’s long and narrow and it’s part of the same range of mountains as the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. While the spring is well under way at ground level, it hasn’t quite reached the top of the mountain range. Maybe that’s why the crowds were not there yet, which made hiking very peaceful.
– Browns Gap hike from Jones Run parking lot (~6.5 mi). It follows the famous Appalachian Trail for about a mile. You’ll see 3 waterfalls: upper and lower Doyles River Falls and Jones Run Falls.
– Little Stony Man trail to the viewpoint over Page valley (~1 mi).
– Limberlost trail (~1.5 mi). They say that the chances of encountering deer is high on this trail. Obviously, we didn’t see anything.
The magic happens in the evening when most of the people hurry home. The bears and deer come out to snack on grass, although the deer seem to love to hang out on the paved roads for some reason.
The light of the setting sun is so yummy.