The Smokies came up on me fast. While the miles are slowing adding up, the sights are coming up fast, I couldn't believe I had made it to the Smokies so fast. I missed meeting up with Jordan and Kate for their big shindig by a few days, but got some excellent rides into Gatlinburg and a Shoney's buffet. I also hiked my earliest day, walking before 6:00 am to hike up to Clingman's Dome, the highest point on the AT at 6,644 ft. Photos from my time in the Smokies below.
Fontana Dam walkway
River trying to coax a ride on the horse.
Clingman's Dome viewing tower. Hit this at 7:30 am to avoid crowds.
Ice Water Shelter had one of the best views in the Smokies
A packed Tri-Corner Knob shelter. This is the shelter that is farthest from a road on the AT (18 miles either way).