The Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina

@fishtiger58 (30338)
Momence, Illinois
March 5, 2017 11:07am CST
Our 4th stop was in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. We did travel through Tennessee and saw some of the devastation caused by the huge fire in the mountains and Gatlinburg Tennessee this past November. We didn't stop there just drove through but saw many burnt trees and vegetation. We camped in the the North Carolina part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As we got there a bit late in the day the light was fading and we didn't get very good pictures but I wanted to share this one with you all. As the Smoky Mountains are so vast my husband and I are planning another trip there and will spend a few days hiking and enjoying the sights. We had reservations at a federal forest for the next day in South Carolina so we had to get going fairly early the next day, although we stopped at another National Park in South Carolina for a 2.4 mile hike before continuing on to the ocean. My hike in the Congaree National Park in South Carolina will be my next stop and post. I took this picture as the light was fading and I believe we were almost as high as the road we were on allowed when I took this. My ears plugged and unplugged several times as we went up and then back down. It was so beautiful that I am definitely going to go back to visit and spend some days hiking in the beautiful nature of the mountains.
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@MALUSE (40175)
• Germany
5 Mar 17
Beautiful! So many different shades of blue.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
The are beautiful beyond imagining. I am going to have to make a return trip. It's said there are over 5000 varieties of trees and plants in the Smoky Mountains more than anywhere else in the world.
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@MALUSE (40175)
• Germany
5 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 Why the term 'Smoky' Mountains?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
@MALUSE They are named this because of the blue mist or fog that is almost always present around the peaks and valleys. The Cherokee Indians native to this area, call them " shaconage " ( shah-con-ah-jey ) meaning " Place of the blue smoke ".
@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
6 Mar 17
I have visited this area, the little fog always over the mountains make them appear of different shades of smoke. Your photo is beautiful.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
Thanks Anna, I am so glad you like it. I wasn't sure when I took it how good it would turn out, I'm please everyone can see what I saw.
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6 Mar 17
we went to the smoky mountains for our honeymoon. a beautiful place.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
Its' stunning, I am going to return for a more in depth visit. My camera is at the ready.
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@AmbiePam (49078)
• United States
5 Mar 17
I love the Smoky Mountains. Have you ever seen the TV series, "Christy", with Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly? It takes place there. It's just beautiful country.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
It was so beautiful to see. No I haven't heard of that show will have to check it out, thanks.
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@Hate2Iron (7858)
• Canada
5 Mar 17
We have just driven through the area on the way to Florida but I still remember the first time that I saw them... they really do have this "smokiness" to them. I had wondered how they had gotten the name. Hiking might be something that we need to do if we ever have the time to stop!!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
They are named this because of the blue mist or fog that is almost always present around the peaks and valleys. The Cherokee Indians native to this area, call them " shaconage " ( shah-con-ah-jey ) meaning " Place of the blue smoke ".
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
5 Mar 17
That is a glorious photo, I love the mountain after mountain...Enjoy your trip, I wish I was with you...
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
We are home now, I just talked to my son as he is going all the way to the west coast, hopping from National Park to National Park, he is in Hot Springs Arkansas today. He is really enjoying Hot Springs. Thanks when I looked at the photo on my phone I was disappointed but it did come out pretty good.
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@Corbin5 (106393)
• United States
5 Mar 17
They are a beautiful sight to see. I have only viewed them on the road trips we take to Florida.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
Just gorgeous, I am so going to go back in the next couple of years. There is so much to see and I want to take my time.
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
5 Mar 17
You captured the Smoky Mountains well. If I was able to visit I would want to keep returning. I need to catch up with some of your travels.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
I have posted 5 stories of my trip with a few more to go. One each day. I hope you enjoy. Thanks
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
7 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 I will be back later today. :)
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Mar 17
@Gillygirl Hope you had a good day.
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• United States
5 Mar 17
You really were in my neck of the woods!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
Oh wow I do believe I was. How cool.
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• United States
5 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 We lived in Sevierville - about 50-60 minutes from that spot. Now we're 2 hours away but we still go there
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill So can you see them from your home still?
@BelleStarr (38226)
• United States
6 Mar 17
That is a beautiful part of the country, We went to Greenville to all the Andrew Johnson presidential stuff. I am more into history than hiking lol
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
I am a total nature freak, I have been camping and hiking my whole life, I can't imagine not doing it ever again.
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@BelleStarr (38226)
• United States
9 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 I did it when my kids were young and now glamping is the closest I want to get!! lol
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Mar 17
@BelleStarr I can certainly understand that, I'm sure in the future I will also stop the whole camping thing, it's a ton of work.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
5 Mar 17
Wow! I've never seen anything like that! I've been to the Adirondack mountains, a few miles north of me, and even climbed a couple mountains.. but they're fairly well spaced apart.. it's like one or two mountains then a few towns.. nothing like this! This looks like a sight to behold! We'll be in South Carolina in April.. maybe we'll have a chance to go near the Smoky Mountains!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
If you get the chance drive through them even if you can't stay. It's a sight to behold.
• United States
7 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 so it doesn't look like its anywhere near where we'll be, or even on the way. It will have to be another trip
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Mar 17
@katsmeow1213 Oh that's to bad I do hope one day you can get there.
@tzwrites (4913)
• Romania
6 Mar 17
Really nice view! Hiking over there must be so nice
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
It's wonderful, so beautiful and in the off season so quiet. I love that.
@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
This is a great photo. Those mountains certainly go for miles and miles.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
Oh yes they do and what a sight to see. Thanks.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
5 Mar 17
That looks wonderful - mountains as far as you can see.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
I was please this photo came out, the sun had set so I just took the shot in hopes it would turn out. I was pleased when I got it loaded on my computer. thanks
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
5 Mar 17
That is a really nice picture. It looks like a lovely spot.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
Thanks it was glorious.
@Juliaacv (30341)
• Canada
5 Mar 17
That is quite a good picture, I can see why you would want to return. My parents enjoyed visiting the Great Smoky Mountains also, they preferred the fall as the colours were so well displayed.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
I'm sure the mountains in the fall are just stunning. I can't decide whether to visit in the summer to see all the flowers. or the fall to see the trees changing. Heck maybe I will got there both seasons.
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@JohnRoberts (56999)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Mar 17
I have never been to the Great Smokies. Someday....
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
I am going to make a return trip in the next year or two for sure. So much to see it really deserves a slower pace to see all I can and to photograph the glory of nature. I can't wait.
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@rebelann (41283)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Mar 17
Nice shot, it really shows why they call them smokey. Is this the only shot you took of them?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Mar 17
I didn't get many as the sun was setting and we left early the next morning. But I plan on going back for a more extended stay.
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@rebelann (41283)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Mar 17
looks like we're in for a treat one day @fishtiger58 I wish I had the strength to maneuver one of those buses or something like that, I'd love to pack up the pup and go sightseeing.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Mar 17
@rebelann I'm grateful hubby and I still can, but I'm sure one day will come when we can't. It will be a sad day.
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@just4him (117004)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Mar 17
That is a gorgeous picture. I'm glad you had a good time, even though short.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Mar 17
It was a fun trip, and I miss my son as he is still out there traveling, but a week is my limit when it comes to camping.
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@just4him (117004)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 Maybe if there was sightseeing involved I might like camping more. As it is, I hate camping and haven't done it since I left home over 40 years ago.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Mar 17
@just4him My honeymoon was a 5 week camping trip. I was young and full of energy. Now I'm old and no way I could camp for 5 weeks, was too tiring. But I love to camp and will continue to do it until I can't physically do it anymore.
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@Nawsheen (23076)
• Mauritius
5 Mar 17
I absolutely love hiking. Seems you are having a good time. Enjoy each and every moment of your trip. And the picture is awesome.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 17
I love to hike in nature. For me it's the ultimate trip I will return to the Smoky's to take my time, and hike, enjoy and photograph the beautiful nature the mountains have to offer. Thanks I'm glad the picture looks ok I wasn't too sure when I took it as the sun had already set.
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@Nawsheen (23076)
• Mauritius
5 Mar 17
@fishtiger58 I am in love with nature. Just kidding. Thanks for sharing
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Mar 17
@Nawsheen Glad you enjoyed my post and picture.
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