Posted by: danielfee | September 21, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 9-21-2011

Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park which straddles the Tennessee and North Carolina border is the most visited National Park in the country with twice as many visitors as the Grand Canyon. The highest peak is Clingmans Dome at 6,643 ft. When you climb to the top of the observation tower and look out over the park, it becomes obvious why they are called the “Smoky” mountains. This is also the highest point along the Appalachian Trail which passes next to the observation platform. I took the opportunity to hike a short 6.5 mile section of the trail from the Dome back to New Found Gap Road. I thought this would be an easy hike since it would be mostly downhill (since I was at the highest point) but somebody put Mt. Collins in the way.

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