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Backpacking in the Smokey Mountains
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For people in good health looking for cool weather and a sense of adventure without the hassle of extreme travel, look no further than the Cades Cove area of Tennessee. With a very simple and free back country permit, you can camp and see the best mountains on the East Coast.
This particular shot was taken at sunset atop the very well known bluff known as Rocky Top. While it is no easy task to get to it, the view and serenity is amazing. On this particular day, we spent hours hiking uphill and totaled over 13 miles to reach the summit around 5500 ft.
Campsites and Appalachian Trail shelters are all around the area and offer peacefulness even when the crowds of Cades Cove are lining up bumper to bumper miles below. Reservations are required at the camp sites. Bring layers as the weather in the mountains can change drastically even in the summer.
Contact the Great Smokey Mountains ranger station for permits and details: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/index.htm.