Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Western Section (Cades Cove, Tremont, Gregory's Bald, Foot Hills Parkway)

This gallery includes: Cades Cove, Abrams Falls, Tremont, White Oak Sinks Trail
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1 <strong>Welcome to the Smokies!</strong><br>
This sign welcomes visitors to the Townsend entrance of the park.

Welcome to the Smokies!
This sign welcomes visitors to the Townsend entrance of the park.

Welcome to the Smokies!
This sign welcomes visitors to the Townsend entrance of the park.
1992
2 The Townsend Wye is at the western entrance of the park. It is where the river splits into a "Y". This is where many people wade, swim and tube in the river.

The Townsend Wye is at the western entrance of the park. It is where the river splits into a "Y". This is where many people wade, swim and tube in the river.

The Townsend Wye is at the western entrance of the park. It is where the river splits into a "Y". This is where many people wade, swim and tube in the river. 1493
3 These folks are enjoying tubing at the  Townsend Wye (not to be confused with the Y as in YMCA or YWCA!)Unfortunately for the tube rental companies in Townsend, the drought of 2007 and 2008 has been very detrimental for business, low water levels in th...

These folks are enjoying tubing at the Townsend Wye (not to be confused with the Y as in YMCA or YWCA!)Unfortunately for the tube rental companies in Townsend, the drought of 2007 and 2008 has been very detrimental for business, low water levels in th...

These folks are enjoying tubing at the Townsend Wye (not to be confused with the Y as in YMCA or YWCA!)Unfortunately for the tube rental companies in Townsend, the drought of 2007 and 2008 has been very detrimental for business, low water levels in the river means banged up bottoms! :( 1545
4 The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is dedicated to education and research. Several hundred students and teachers participate in 3-day to week-long programs and summer camps here each year. I love coming here to "recharge my mental batteries"!

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is dedicated to education and research. Several hundred students and teachers participate in 3-day to week-long programs and summer camps here each year. I love coming here to "recharge my mental batteries"!

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is dedicated to education and research. Several hundred students and teachers participate in 3-day to week-long programs and summer camps here each year. I love coming here to "recharge my mental batteries"! 1433
5 Walker Branch at Tremont with a beautiful dusting of snow. Pretty!

Walker Branch at Tremont with a beautiful dusting of snow. Pretty!

Walker Branch at Tremont with a beautiful dusting of snow. Pretty! 1551
6 The <strong>Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont</strong> is used for student groups and adult naturalist programs. The building on the left is the dorm. Pull up a rocking chair in the pavillion and listen to the rushing stream, the songs of the ...

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is used for student groups and adult naturalist programs. The building on the left is the dorm. Pull up a rocking chair in the pavillion and listen to the rushing stream, the songs of the ...

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is used for student groups and adult naturalist programs. The building on the left is the dorm. Pull up a rocking chair in the pavillion and listen to the rushing stream, the songs of the birds, and meet new friends. See the Park website for more information. 2240
7 Participants at the 2003 Summer Naturalist Week at Tremont used their imagination after a wet day of hiking! Who says you need a clothesline to dry wet boots and socks? :)

Participants at the 2003 Summer Naturalist Week at Tremont used their imagination after a wet day of hiking! Who says you need a clothesline to dry wet boots and socks? :)

Participants at the 2003 Summer Naturalist Week at Tremont used their imagination after a wet day of hiking! Who says you need a clothesline to dry wet boots and socks? :) 1690
8 The Tremont dining hall serves delicious home style meals and the coffee pot is always full!

The Tremont dining hall serves delicious home style meals and the coffee pot is always full!

The Tremont dining hall serves delicious home style meals and the coffee pot is always full! 1321
9 The Mountain Room at Tremont is a good place to read, relax or look up any cool critters you may have found during your daily adventures!

The Mountain Room at Tremont is a good place to read, relax or look up any cool critters you may have found during your daily adventures!

The Mountain Room at Tremont is a good place to read, relax or look up any cool critters you may have found during your daily adventures! 1333
10 The Cove Room is Tremont's large lecture hall / square dance hall.

The Cove Room is Tremont's large lecture hall / square dance hall.

The Cove Room is Tremont's large lecture hall / square dance hall. 1285
11 Tremont offers several teacher workshops throughout the year. This one was a Lichen workshop in Feb. 2009. Here Dr. Paul Bartles, from Warren Wilson College, is demonstrating <em>meiofauna</em> collecting. We found Tardigrades ("water bears"), protozoa...

Tremont offers several teacher workshops throughout the year. This one was a Lichen workshop in Feb. 2009. Here Dr. Paul Bartles, from Warren Wilson College, is demonstrating meiofauna collecting. We found Tardigrades ("water bears"), protozoa...

Tremont offers several teacher workshops throughout the year. This one was a Lichen workshop in Feb. 2009. Here Dr. Paul Bartles, from Warren Wilson College, is demonstrating meiofauna collecting. We found Tardigrades ("water bears"), protozoa, rotifers, and nematodes living under the lichen. I always learn something interesting when I attend the workshops! 1255
12 The fire ring at Tremont is popular anytime of the year. It is fun to have the final campfire for the week where participants roast marshmallows, sing, tell ghost stories, and tell jokes.

The fire ring at Tremont is popular anytime of the year. It is fun to have the final campfire for the week where participants roast marshmallows, sing, tell ghost stories, and tell jokes.

The fire ring at Tremont is popular anytime of the year. It is fun to have the final campfire for the week where participants roast marshmallows, sing, tell ghost stories, and tell jokes. 1388
13 <strong>Spruce Flats Falls</strong> is a short hike from Tremont. This photo was taken the day after Tropical Storm Cindy in July 2005.

Spruce Flats Falls is a short hike from Tremont. This photo was taken the day after Tropical Storm Cindy in July 2005.

Spruce Flats Falls is a short hike from Tremont. This photo was taken the day after Tropical Storm Cindy in July 2005. 1608
14 Cades Cove is a valley surrounded by mountains. It has an 11-mile loop road for enjoying the view! Look for lots of deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, and even bears in the cove.

Cades Cove is a valley surrounded by mountains. It has an 11-mile loop road for enjoying the view! Look for lots of deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, and even bears in the cove.

Cades Cove is a valley surrounded by mountains. It has an 11-mile loop road for enjoying the view! Look for lots of deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, and even bears in the cove. 1537
15 On Feb. 22, 2009 I finally got a chance to see Cades Cove with a little bit of snow! There was less snow there than the rest of the park, but it was still pretty.

On Feb. 22, 2009 I finally got a chance to see Cades Cove with a little bit of snow! There was less snow there than the rest of the park, but it was still pretty.

On Feb. 22, 2009 I finally got a chance to see Cades Cove with a little bit of snow! There was less snow there than the rest of the park, but it was still pretty. 1570
16 Every tourist who visits Cades Cove wants to see a Black Bear! This guy (or gal) was walking along the Loop Road. Earlier that day I had seen a mother and 4 of her cubs! Nothing will stop traffic on the road quicker than a bear sighting! One dumb touri...

Every tourist who visits Cades Cove wants to see a Black Bear! This guy (or gal) was walking along the Loop Road. Earlier that day I had seen a mother and 4 of her cubs! Nothing will stop traffic on the road quicker than a bear sighting! One dumb touri...

Every tourist who visits Cades Cove wants to see a Black Bear! This guy (or gal) was walking along the Loop Road. Earlier that day I had seen a mother and 4 of her cubs! Nothing will stop traffic on the road quicker than a bear sighting! One dumb tourist attacked a young bear in the cove when it tried to take a fawn as a meal a couple of years ago! Fortunately, he was caught by the rangers! I'm amazed at how people try to "sterilize" nature to make it fit their idea of how animals should live and die. I took this photo from a car window. Bears are unpredictable and should not be approached. 1649
17 Deer are quite numerous in Cades Cove, it is not uncommon to see small herds at certain times of the year. This buck was munching plants next to the road. Since it was mid-July, his antlers were still in velvet. A few years ago a couple of guys from Fl...

Deer are quite numerous in Cades Cove, it is not uncommon to see small herds at certain times of the year. This buck was munching plants next to the road. Since it was mid-July, his antlers were still in velvet. A few years ago a couple of guys from Fl...

Deer are quite numerous in Cades Cove, it is not uncommon to see small herds at certain times of the year. This buck was munching plants next to the road. Since it was mid-July, his antlers were still in velvet. A few years ago a couple of guys from Florida shot and killed a huge, very popular buck in the Cove. Unfortunately, the slap on the wrist punishment they received did not fit the terrible crime. What would make someone want to kill such a beautiful animal in a national park? 1820
18 The John Oliver Cabin is one of the most popular cabins in the park. It has a well-worn trail from the parking area to the cabin. With 9 million visitors per year, the park has many heavily-trodden paths.

The John Oliver Cabin is one of the most popular cabins in the park. It has a well-worn trail from the parking area to the cabin. With 9 million visitors per year, the park has many heavily-trodden paths.

The John Oliver Cabin is one of the most popular cabins in the park. It has a well-worn trail from the parking area to the cabin. With 9 million visitors per year, the park has many heavily-trodden paths. 1688
19 The Oliver family would have had a beautiful view of Cades Cove from their porch (minus the heavily trodden trail!). The cove has many such cabins.

The Oliver family would have had a beautiful view of Cades Cove from their porch (minus the heavily trodden trail!). The cove has many such cabins.

The Oliver family would have had a beautiful view of Cades Cove from their porch (minus the heavily trodden trail!). The cove has many such cabins. 1654
20 The Methodist church and cemetery in Cades Cove is a peaceful stop along the loop road. There are several churches in the Cove. The old gravestones have many stories to tell. It seems that the early mountain settlers either died very young or they live...

The Methodist church and cemetery in Cades Cove is a peaceful stop along the loop road. There are several churches in the Cove. The old gravestones have many stories to tell. It seems that the early mountain settlers either died very young or they live...

The Methodist church and cemetery in Cades Cove is a peaceful stop along the loop road. There are several churches in the Cove. The old gravestones have many stories to tell. It seems that the early mountain settlers either died very young or they lived to be quite elderly. One can only wonder if they died from epidemics, complications from childbirth, etc. One sign at a church tells how a person's death would be "announced" by ringing of the church bells, one ring for each year of the person's age. Most people could figure out who the person was if they counted the number of rings! 1675
21 The little Methodist church in Cades Cove with a bit of snow.

The little Methodist church in Cades Cove with a bit of snow.

The little Methodist church in Cades Cove with a bit of snow. 1536
22 The Cable Mill was a very important part of Smokies life. People brought corn and wheat to the mill to be ground into meal and flour, payment to the miller was a portion of what he ground. This mill is part of a museum area at the far end of the 11-mil...

The Cable Mill was a very important part of Smokies life. People brought corn and wheat to the mill to be ground into meal and flour, payment to the miller was a portion of what he ground. This mill is part of a museum area at the far end of the 11-mil...

The Cable Mill was a very important part of Smokies life. People brought corn and wheat to the mill to be ground into meal and flour, payment to the miller was a portion of what he ground. This mill is part of a museum area at the far end of the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop. 1487
23 "Fools' names and fools' faces"...
It is a shame that some people choose to deface the artifacts of the park. This picture was taken inside of one of the cabins (under low light conditions).

"Fools' names and fools' faces"... It is a shame that some people choose to deface the artifacts of the park. This picture was taken inside of one of the cabins (under low light conditions).

"Fools' names and fools' faces"... It is a shame that some people choose to deface the artifacts of the park. This picture was taken inside of one of the cabins (under low light conditions). 1616
24 An old cantelever Barn in Cades Cove.

An old cantelever Barn in Cades Cove.

An old cantelever Barn in Cades Cove. 1462
25 This lovely view was taken through the opening of the middle of the cantelever barn. The wheels of the old wagon are just visible.

This lovely view was taken through the opening of the middle of the cantelever barn. The wheels of the old wagon are just visible.

This lovely view was taken through the opening of the middle of the cantelever barn. The wheels of the old wagon are just visible. 1405
26 A trail runs through this lovely meadow in the White Oak Sinks. We visited this area in late April. The Smokies is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth!

A trail runs through this lovely meadow in the White Oak Sinks. We visited this area in late April. The Smokies is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth!

A trail runs through this lovely meadow in the White Oak Sinks. We visited this area in late April. The Smokies is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth! 1780
27 This field full of Synandra in White Oak Sinks in the Smokies was such a thrill for me to find one day in mid-May.

This field full of Synandra in White Oak Sinks in the Smokies was such a thrill for me to find one day in mid-May.

This field full of Synandra in White Oak Sinks in the Smokies was such a thrill for me to find one day in mid-May. 1642
28 The Abrams Falls Trail is one of the most popular "tourist trails" in the park. It has many wildflowers in the spring. In summer it has numerous Rosebay Rhododendrons blooming along the trail.

The Abrams Falls Trail is one of the most popular "tourist trails" in the park. It has many wildflowers in the spring. In summer it has numerous Rosebay Rhododendrons blooming along the trail.

The Abrams Falls Trail is one of the most popular "tourist trails" in the park. It has many wildflowers in the spring. In summer it has numerous Rosebay Rhododendrons blooming along the trail. 1612
29 This bridge is the beginning of the Abrams Falls Trail. The water was very high on the day I took these pictures (Nov. 26, 2004) due to heavy rains 2 days earlier.

This bridge is the beginning of the Abrams Falls Trail. The water was very high on the day I took these pictures (Nov. 26, 2004) due to heavy rains 2 days earlier.

This bridge is the beginning of the Abrams Falls Trail. The water was very high on the day I took these pictures (Nov. 26, 2004) due to heavy rains 2 days earlier. 1400
30 Afternoon shadows on the bridge. (If you haven't noticed, I like bridge pictures!)

Afternoon shadows on the bridge. (If you haven't noticed, I like bridge pictures!)

Afternoon shadows on the bridge. (If you haven't noticed, I like bridge pictures!) 1478
31 The Abrams Falls trail is 2.5 miles to the waterfall.

The Abrams Falls trail is 2.5 miles to the waterfall.

The Abrams Falls trail is 2.5 miles to the waterfall. 1453
32 Abrams Falls Trail is a moderate trail, be prepared for a few hills and possibly lots of mud.

Abrams Falls Trail is a moderate trail, be prepared for a few hills and possibly lots of mud.

Abrams Falls Trail is a moderate trail, be prepared for a few hills and possibly lots of mud. 1321
33 Be prepared for lots of mud if there has been a recent rain!

Be prepared for lots of mud if there has been a recent rain!

Be prepared for lots of mud if there has been a recent rain! 1306
34 The back country bridges are sturdy logs. Some, like this one, lean a bit.

The back country bridges are sturdy logs. Some, like this one, lean a bit.

The back country bridges are sturdy logs. Some, like this one, lean a bit. 1328
35 The trail follows Abrams Creek, sometimes quite closely, at other times it can only be heard as the trail climbs up the ridge.

The trail follows Abrams Creek, sometimes quite closely, at other times it can only be heard as the trail climbs up the ridge.

The trail follows Abrams Creek, sometimes quite closely, at other times it can only be heard as the trail climbs up the ridge. 1356
36 These rocks make a convenient resting spot at the top of one of the steep spots on the Abrams Falls trail.

These rocks make a convenient resting spot at the top of one of the steep spots on the Abrams Falls trail.

These rocks make a convenient resting spot at the top of one of the steep spots on the Abrams Falls trail. 1519
37 A lovely cascade on Abrams Creek.

A lovely cascade on Abrams Creek.

A lovely cascade on Abrams Creek. 1262
38 Horseback riding is allowed on some trails in the Smokies. I just wish the riders would use "pooper scoopers"! :)

Horseback riding is allowed on some trails in the Smokies. I just wish the riders would use "pooper scoopers"! :)

Horseback riding is allowed on some trails in the Smokies. I just wish the riders would use "pooper scoopers"! :) 1290
39 We're almost to the falls!

We're almost to the falls!

We're almost to the falls! 1354
40 Abrams Falls is a beautiful 20-foot waterfall. On the day I took these pictures it was gushing, I had never seen it with so much water!

Abrams Falls is a beautiful 20-foot waterfall. On the day I took these pictures it was gushing, I had never seen it with so much water!

Abrams Falls is a beautiful 20-foot waterfall. On the day I took these pictures it was gushing, I had never seen it with so much water! 1426
41 Swimming in the plunge pool below Abrams Falls is highly discouraged by the Park Service. A junior high school student tragically drowned in the water here in May 2004. Due to the deep pool and the swift current in the creek visitors should stay out of...

Swimming in the plunge pool below Abrams Falls is highly discouraged by the Park Service. A junior high school student tragically drowned in the water here in May 2004. Due to the deep pool and the swift current in the creek visitors should stay out of...

Swimming in the plunge pool below Abrams Falls is highly discouraged by the Park Service. A junior high school student tragically drowned in the water here in May 2004. Due to the deep pool and the swift current in the creek visitors should stay out of the water. 1370
42 A pretty reflection in a depression in the rocks below the falls.

A pretty reflection in a depression in the rocks below the falls.

A pretty reflection in a depression in the rocks below the falls. 1332
43 A view from the top of the falls. (I went up from the far side)

A view from the top of the falls. (I went up from the far side)

A view from the top of the falls. (I went up from the far side) 1363
44 Every year many park visitors get injured (a few get killed) doing foolish activities such as climbing on these steep, slick rocks.

Every year many park visitors get injured (a few get killed) doing foolish activities such as climbing on these steep, slick rocks.

Every year many park visitors get injured (a few get killed) doing foolish activities such as climbing on these steep, slick rocks. 1362
45 Dumb Tourist Trick #1
This guy was lucky to make it to the top without being injured! If he had fallen and been injured (or worse!), it would have been difficult for rangers and emergency crews to help him. Some people seem to leave common sense at ho...

Dumb Tourist Trick #1 This guy was lucky to make it to the top without being injured! If he had fallen and been injured (or worse!), it would have been difficult for rangers and emergency crews to help him. Some people seem to leave common sense at ho...

Dumb Tourist Trick #1 This guy was lucky to make it to the top without being injured! If he had fallen and been injured (or worse!), it would have been difficult for rangers and emergency crews to help him. Some people seem to leave common sense at home when they go on vacation! 1495
46 A late afternoon view of the mountains above Cades Cove.

A late afternoon view of the mountains above Cades Cove.

A late afternoon view of the mountains above Cades Cove. 1387
47 <strong>Dumb Tourist Trick #2</strong>
Another "not-too-intelligent" tourist trick! This poor buck was highly stressed when several people approached him to take pictures, the other 4 or 5 people are not seen here. I was in the car (stuck in a "deer j...

Dumb Tourist Trick #2 Another "not-too-intelligent" tourist trick! This poor buck was highly stressed when several people approached him to take pictures, the other 4 or 5 people are not seen here. I was in the car (stuck in a "deer j...

Dumb Tourist Trick #2 Another "not-too-intelligent" tourist trick! This poor buck was highly stressed when several people approached him to take pictures, the other 4 or 5 people are not seen here. I was in the car (stuck in a "deer jam"), so I was safe and I didn't add to his stress. People don't seem to realize that deer can be extremely dangerous if they attack with their antlers or hooves. This amorous buck had been pursuing a doe, (she wasn't interested and ran off!), in his frustration he could have been very dangerous! 1457
48 Gregory Bald is a great destination hike for people who are up to hiking 5.5 miles of steep trails. The late part of June offers a spectacular show at the top when the Flame Azaleas bloom. An 11-mile hike or horseback ride is the only way to enjoy the ...

Gregory Bald is a great destination hike for people who are up to hiking 5.5 miles of steep trails. The late part of June offers a spectacular show at the top when the Flame Azaleas bloom. An 11-mile hike or horseback ride is the only way to enjoy the ...

Gregory Bald is a great destination hike for people who are up to hiking 5.5 miles of steep trails. The late part of June offers a spectacular show at the top when the Flame Azaleas bloom. An 11-mile hike or horseback ride is the only way to enjoy the spectacular view. In July and August the blueberries are ripe and offer the hungry hiker a sweet, juicy treat. Just watch out for equally hungry bears, they like them too! 1394
49 <strong>Gregory Bald Flame Azaleas</strong>

The spectacular Gregory Bald Azalea "garden" is a sight to behold at the beginning of summer. (This photo was taken June 20, 2008) Anyone who is able to do the 11-mile round-trip hike should do it at least...

Gregory Bald Flame Azaleas The spectacular Gregory Bald Azalea "garden" is a sight to behold at the beginning of summer. (This photo was taken June 20, 2008) Anyone who is able to do the 11-mile round-trip hike should do it at least...

Gregory Bald Flame Azaleas The spectacular Gregory Bald Azalea "garden" is a sight to behold at the beginning of summer. (This photo was taken June 20, 2008) Anyone who is able to do the 11-mile round-trip hike should do it at least one time in their lifetime (it is kind of like a Wildflower "Mecca"). The amazing thing about the azaleas here is that they have hybridized into many different colors. The following photos will show some of the various colors that can be seen. 1531
50 This spectacular variety of Flame Azaleas can be seen along the trail at the entrance of Gregory Bald.

This spectacular variety of Flame Azaleas can be seen along the trail at the entrance of Gregory Bald.

This spectacular variety of Flame Azaleas can be seen along the trail at the entrance of Gregory Bald. 1233
51 A typical dark Orange Flame Azalea. This kind can be found in many areas of the park.

A typical dark Orange Flame Azalea. This kind can be found in many areas of the park.

A typical dark Orange Flame Azalea. This kind can be found in many areas of the park. 1315
52 Multi-colored Flame Azaleas

Multi-colored Flame Azaleas

Multi-colored Flame Azaleas 1316
53 Pink Flame Azalea

Pink Flame Azalea

Pink Flame Azalea 1484
54 White Flame Azaleas have an extra treat for the wildflower lover, they have a sweet aroma too!

White Flame Azaleas have an extra treat for the wildflower lover, they have a sweet aroma too!

White Flame Azaleas have an extra treat for the wildflower lover, they have a sweet aroma too! 1286
55 Yellow Flame Azaleas on Gregory Bald

Yellow Flame Azaleas on Gregory Bald

Yellow Flame Azaleas on Gregory Bald 1257
56 These folks had the right idea of how to get to Gregory Bald --- let the horses do the hard work! :)

These folks had the right idea of how to get to Gregory Bald --- let the horses do the hard work! :)

These folks had the right idea of how to get to Gregory Bald --- let the horses do the hard work! :) 1219
57 Lookrock tower is located on the Foothills Parkway which borders the Smokies. On a clear day (especially in autumn), you can enjoy spectacular views.

Lookrock tower is located on the Foothills Parkway which borders the Smokies. On a clear day (especially in autumn), you can enjoy spectacular views.

Lookrock tower is located on the Foothills Parkway which borders the Smokies. On a clear day (especially in autumn), you can enjoy spectacular views. 1335
58 Our friend Rod points out a distant peak to my husband, Ken, from the Lookrock tower.

Our friend Rod points out a distant peak to my husband, Ken, from the Lookrock tower.

Our friend Rod points out a distant peak to my husband, Ken, from the Lookrock tower. 1382
59 A view from Lookrock tower.

A view from Lookrock tower.

A view from Lookrock tower. 1352
60 The view of the Smokies from Lookrock Tower.

The view of the Smokies from Lookrock Tower.

The view of the Smokies from Lookrock Tower. 1428
61 <strong>Meigs Falls</strong> was rushing in early July 2005 after Tropical Storm Cindy dumped a couple of inches of rain in the Smokies. This beautiful waterfall is easily visible from a pull-off Little River Road.

Meigs Falls was rushing in early July 2005 after Tropical Storm Cindy dumped a couple of inches of rain in the Smokies. This beautiful waterfall is easily visible from a pull-off Little River Road.

Meigs Falls was rushing in early July 2005 after Tropical Storm Cindy dumped a couple of inches of rain in the Smokies. This beautiful waterfall is easily visible from a pull-off Little River Road. 1368
62 This shot of Meigs Falls was taken the day after Christmas 2005. This is a more normal amount of water.

This shot of Meigs Falls was taken the day after Christmas 2005. This is a more normal amount of water.

This shot of Meigs Falls was taken the day after Christmas 2005. This is a more normal amount of water. 1319
63 The Smokies has many miles of streams that are enjoyed by fly fishermen (and women). This fellow is a visitor from Florida. People fishing in the park must have a valid TN or NC fishing license, depending on the part of the park they are in.

The Smokies has many miles of streams that are enjoyed by fly fishermen (and women). This fellow is a visitor from Florida. People fishing in the park must have a valid TN or NC fishing license, depending on the part of the park they are in.

The Smokies has many miles of streams that are enjoyed by fly fishermen (and women). This fellow is a visitor from Florida. People fishing in the park must have a valid TN or NC fishing license, depending on the part of the park they are in. 1574
64 The fuzzy white spots on the needles of this tree are the dreaded Hemlock Wooly adelgid. These small, aphid-like insects can suck the life out of the ancient hemlock trees. The park service is trying "biological warfare" to attempt to eradicate these n...

The fuzzy white spots on the needles of this tree are the dreaded Hemlock Wooly adelgid. These small, aphid-like insects can suck the life out of the ancient hemlock trees. The park service is trying "biological warfare" to attempt to eradicate these n...

The fuzzy white spots on the needles of this tree are the dreaded Hemlock Wooly adelgid. These small, aphid-like insects can suck the life out of the ancient hemlock trees. The park service is trying "biological warfare" to attempt to eradicate these non-native pests. By introducing a small beetle that eats the aphids, it is hoped they will be wiped out. Let's just hope the adelgids are all they eat! Most of the balsam firs in the higher altitudes of the park have just about been killed out by the similar Balsam Wooly Adelgid. It is sad to see the sun-bleached skeletons of the beautiful, fragrant balsam fir trees at Clingmans Dome. When a large number of a species of tree is lost, it adversely affects the ecosystem. With the ATBI (All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory), scientists are learning more about the inter-dependence of plants, animals, soil, and weather. 2835
65 While we are on the subject of damaging non-natives, it is not unusual to see Wild Hog traps in some areas of the park. The wild boars entered the park decades ago when they escaped from a game-hunting park in North Carolina. The huge, tusked animals c...

While we are on the subject of damaging non-natives, it is not unusual to see Wild Hog traps in some areas of the park. The wild boars entered the park decades ago when they escaped from a game-hunting park in North Carolina. The huge, tusked animals c...

While we are on the subject of damaging non-natives, it is not unusual to see Wild Hog traps in some areas of the park. The wild boars entered the park decades ago when they escaped from a game-hunting park in North Carolina. The huge, tusked animals can be dangerous to people and dogs. 1730
66 <strong>Dumb Tourist Trick #6</strong> (or it may have been a dumb local person trick). I had gone to the Smokies to photograph the Puttyroot orchids I had seen in bud 2 weeks earlier; I was furious when I went to the site and all I found were 2 holes!...

Dumb Tourist Trick #6 (or it may have been a dumb local person trick). I had gone to the Smokies to photograph the Puttyroot orchids I had seen in bud 2 weeks earlier; I was furious when I went to the site and all I found were 2 holes!...

Dumb Tourist Trick #6 (or it may have been a dumb local person trick). I had gone to the Smokies to photograph the Puttyroot orchids I had seen in bud 2 weeks earlier; I was furious when I went to the site and all I found were 2 holes!!! Some moron plant poacher had dug both of the plants! Needless to say, it is against the law to remove plants from the park. I have seen tourists with trunk-loads of plants and carrying boxes of plants down the trails in the Smokies. Much to my husband's chagrin, the foolish people get a piece of my mind! One woman had a box of plants she was carrying down the Chimney Tops trail a few years ago. I said, "Lady, if you don't want to ruin your vacation, you'd better put those plants back, there's a ranger in the parking lot who will fine you if he sees you with them!" Her reply was, "Well, there are so many plants, I didn't think it would be a problem." I answered, "We have 9 million visitors a year here. If all of them took plants, we wouldn't have any left. Besides that, it's against the law to remove plants!" Orchids take several years to grow to blooming size. Never buy a wild orchid, it has most likely been poached in the woods. 1429
67 Does a Bear @%#$ in the woods? You bet it does! It is a good idea to learn how to identify animal scat to have an idea of who else is around in the forest with you! This bear scat has lots of seeds in it.

Does a Bear @%#$ in the woods? You bet it does! It is a good idea to learn how to identify animal scat to have an idea of who else is around in the forest with you! This bear scat has lots of seeds in it.

Does a Bear @%#$ in the woods? You bet it does! It is a good idea to learn how to identify animal scat to have an idea of who else is around in the forest with you! This bear scat has lots of seeds in it. 1351
68 <strong>Dumb Tourist trick #8</strong> (I'm getting quite a collection!) Do people $@%& in the woods? You bet they do! The only problem with Human scat left in the woods is that it is usually left with soiled toilet paper. This person really left a <u>...

Dumb Tourist trick #8 (I'm getting quite a collection!) Do people $@%& in the woods? You bet they do! The only problem with Human scat left in the woods is that it is usually left with soiled toilet paper. This person really left a ...

Dumb Tourist trick #8 (I'm getting quite a collection!) Do people $@%& in the woods? You bet they do! The only problem with Human scat left in the woods is that it is usually left with soiled toilet paper. This person really left a lot of paper behind. Unfortunately, it takes the paper a long time to decompose. As unpleasant as it may sound, soiled toilet paper should be carried out in a plastic bag and disposed of later. Even if it is buried, animals will dig it up. 1848

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