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Vacation in the Smoky Mountains (Black and White) -- Part 2
Photo Location: Gatlinburg, TN 
Posted By: Rondec, 06-29-2015, 05:39 PM

So a second part. These are photos from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I think that would be my favorite part of our trip.

We drove up to Clingman's Dome, which is the highest point in the Smokies. It is quite the view from the top, although there was rain moving in as we hiked up to the top.



We also went to Cade's Cove, a beautiful place with lots of amazing views of the mountains.











We did see bears as well while we were there.



Later on, we hiked to Laurel Falls. Not a hard hike, but my kids were a little grouchy by the time we got there.




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although there was rain moving in

Ha, my rule-of-thumb is that if you can see the Dome, you're going to get wet at some point--those are high enough ridges that orographic lift comes into play. Otherwise, a great capture--if you're back this way and have a bit of time, the Forney Ridge trail from the parking lot falls down to Andrews Bald in a couple of miles. A really special place for a picnic, though maybe a bit of a challenge for your youngest on the way back up.
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Ha, my rule-of-thumb is that if you can see the Dome, you're going to get wet at some point--those are high enough ridges that orographic lift comes into play. Otherwise, a great capture--if you're back this way and have a bit of time, the Forney Ridge trail from the parking lot falls down to Andrews Bald in a couple of miles. A really special place for a picnic, though maybe a bit of a challenge for your youngest on the way back up.
I hope when the kids are a little older to do more hiking. The hike to Laurel Falls, which is just 1.3 miles and not really too much up and down, was a little bit much for my four year old.
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a little bit much for my four year old.

Ha, before too long you'll be putting rocks in his pack to slow him down. At any rate, there are some nice "Quiet Walkways" along Little River Road and Newfound Gap Road that are worth exploring, and the trails out of Elkmont manage to be "scenic" along the river, but are really no more that flat gravel roads.


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