It is not always about the "BIG" views in GSMNP. The park is just as beautiful upclose
Some days it is beautiful weather.....
Shelter life is the norm when you hike through the Smokies. You are required to stay in a shelter, no tent camping allowed. Some nights you might be alone and other nights you might have 10 additional friends!
Almost toward the end we came across a mother and 3 cubs. When she saw us, she pushed the cubs up the tree and watched us from the base as we passed. I took this while keeping one eye on her.
Well worth the 80 miles and 5 day