Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934, and, with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States.

DESC:Smoky Mountains/STA_3570.JPG|This is a 360 degree panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains from the top of Clingman’s Dome – an elevation of over 6000 ft above sea level.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3503.JPG|Laurel Falls – lower
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3506.JPG|Do you see the Owl ?
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3515.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3519.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3522.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3529.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3534.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3540.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3542.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3546.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3549.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3551.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3569.JPG|June flowers along the path on the way up to Clingman’s Dome
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3580.JPG|Near the top of Clingman’s Dome
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3581.JPG|I love the swirl patterns in the bark of this old tree, on the way down from Clingman’s Dome
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3597.JPG|Seen along the path to Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3602.JPG|Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3619.JPG|Seen along the path to Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3644.JPG|Seen along the Maddron Bald Trail
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3496.JPG|…on the walk along the way to Laurel Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3501.JPG|Laurel Falls – upper
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3526.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3533.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3548.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3550.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3553.JPG|Seen along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains.
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3582.JPG|Seen along the path to Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3584.JPG|Seen along the path to Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3595.JPG|Not sure what kind of emerging plant these are – but they were prolific along the trail to Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3599.JPG|Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3600.JPG|Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3601.JPG|Hen Wallow Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3610.JPG|Seen along the path to Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3611.JPG|Seen along the path to Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3612.JPG|Seen along the path to Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3614.JPG|Seen along the path to Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3627.JPG|Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3628.JPG|Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3630.JPG|Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3637.JPG|Grotto Falls
DESC:Smoky Mountains/IMG_3641.JPG|Grotto Falls