Exploring the Smokey Mountain National Park

If you like the mountains as we do then one of the best places to see some scenic beauty is in the Great Smokey Mountains. Cathey and I usually make at least one trip a year to the Smokies. On this trip we meet our daughters family there for a few days…

If you like the mountains as we do then one of the best places to see some scenic beauty is in the Great Smokey Mountains. Cathey and I usually make at least one trip a year to the Smokies. On this trip we meet our daughters family there for a few days of relaxing. One day was spent at Dollywood with the grandchildren in Pigeon Forge. We seldom spend anytime in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg because both places have become so commercialize. 

The main attraction for fly fishermen is the spring fed Little Pigeon River flowing through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. I have to fish it before I retire my fly rod. My son-in-law fished the river some years ago when they were visiting Gatlinburg with his family and landed numerous rainbow. Most all the trout in the river are stocked rainbow and brook trout. Very few wild trout are landed near the towns.

B. T. and I wanted Bryson and Cash to see the mountains up close so we spent the better part of another day exploring. Their sister Laelyn went shopping with Mom and Meme.

We were above the clouds atop Clingman Dome the highest point in Tennessee. The ranger told us we were 6,775 ft. up. The hike up the steep trail nearly a mile was a workout. There were benches along the way for breaks. Many individuals made the hike up to the summit to stand on the big concrete circular platform for an awesome view.


A little rock climbing on the way up------how I wish I had this stump in my front yard. 



The spruce trees were still draped with clouds as we made our way under the tree canopy. The ground was a soft sponge of decayed spruce foliage that had build up over time; very comfortable to walk on.  I don't know the name of the mushrooms that dotted the forest floor. I do know they were not Portobello.


A lot of blow down in places simply because of the thick growth of the spruce trees. Cash soon realized he needed that jacket. Down below the temp was in the 70's a top the dome it was in the 40's. 

 The shirt says it all!!

Nothing like spending time with the grandchildren!!!