Exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a Fall Weekend

We have been enjoying the good weather in the Smokies, while it lasts. The temps are quite cool today and we are doing chores: laundry, postcards, groceries, etc. I figured it might be a good time to get caught up with our Smokies explorations.

Saturday, we ventured to the Sugarlands Visitor Center, got a park map and stamp, and drove to Greenbrier. We saw more people in that area of the park than we usually see during the spring Wildflower Pilgrimage! The gravel roads were alive with cars. We decided to head back to camp early, and were delighted to find a new shortcut on Dudley Creek Trail that bypassed even more of the Gatlinburg traffic.

On Sunday, our anniversary, I wanted to get a picture of the two of us at the park entrance sign. It had been two months since I used the timer for photos and I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to set it up on the new camera. So, we took separate photos!

We drove along Little River Road and the Pigeon River before turning off for Tremont Road. We were able to find a quiet spot with little traffic along the Middle Prong of the Little River. We set up chairs and just enjoyed the sounds of the woods and the rushing water.

We headed down Tremont Road and found the Tremont Institute closed for the day. On the way home, we stopped for coffee and blackberry cobbler at the Moonshine Ridge Country Store and Cafe.

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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