Great Smoky Mountains #2 – Hike and Fog

This is part two of my Great Smoky Mountains trip – if you missed day one it can be found here, otherwise let’s dive in! Today was full of driving as we wanted to get to the North Carolina side of the park and do a hike. We grabbed some muffins/fruit for breakfast and drove forth up through the mountains. We ended up stopping a few times as the picture opportunities were incredible. It was a really misty day and the fog in the trees really gave justice to the ‘smoky mountains’ name.

Our first stop was Cherokee (I say stop but we kind of just went through it). However we did stop to take photos with these different painted bears that kept popping up. That first photo is the visitor centre but unfortunately no-one was there, in fact the whole city seemed kind of dead but I guess it was a Sunday. From there we went on a little more to Bryson City and opted to get lunch. This tiny town was also empty but we managed to find this really cute ice-cream parlour. It was a coca-cola/fake vintage diner experience haha, lots of words there basically. They had some fun flavours and odd combinations but I ended up opting for a shake.

We drove another fifteen minutes and made it to the Deep Creek Trail. Things took a turn here as we ended up getting lost and wandered around for several hours – aka stick to the path kids. It was tough at times and very hilly and uneven but still really beautiful. The paths varied from being wide to then very tight and I’d say you have to be relatively fit to go on this trail. You cross different streams and get to see several waterfalls which is neat and we saw lots of wildflowers and also deer!

On our drive back (how many times have I said drive in this post?), we decided to stop at Clingmans Dome which is the highest point in the park. On a clear day you can normally see four states (which sounds amazing right?). However the smoky mountains lived up to their name a little too much and we were blasted with this intense fog. We still went but really all we could see was mist. The second photo below was my view from the tippy top haha. It was disappointing but also pretty awesome at the same time – I’ve never been in such a spooky/mysterious setting place. Just a heads up that you have to walk all up-hill to get to the top for about a mile and it’s at a 45 degree angle – I was huffing and puffing.

After that we went back to the cabin in the pitch black and watched some VHS tapes (I think Pocahontas). The next day was just full of checking out some shops, buying some bears made out of wood and playing some mini golf. I’ll end this post with this cheesy photo as I had just won the final hole and got a free game, oh yeah baby! Hope you all have a great week and I’ll see you on Wednesday.

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