One hike I had been delaying for quite some time was the Hyatt Ridge and Beech Gap loop including an out and back along Enloe Creek.  It visits some of the park's beautiful and remote high country but not before taking the steep climb out of Straight Fork.
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On many occasions there were great stands of tall bellflower in full bloom, some bigger than their neighboring saplings.
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The steel monster that crosses the gorge of the Raven Fork.  Back in 1992, a freak storm dumped 4" of water in an hour creating a 12 foot wall of water that touched this bridge and roared down the valley. Crazy!
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An unfortunate circumstance I came upon along Enloe Creek.  I was able to rock a little ways upstream, but not before I came face to face with a massive spider in the rhododendron I hung on to.  In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies..."The breedge is ooouuuuuuuuuuttt!!!!!!"
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A very pleasant setting for Campsite #44 at McGee Spring.  Coneflower and Bee Balm covered the floor and a gentle breeze passed through the gap.
 
Journal about nearly 21 mile escapade across the Balsam Mountain range from Round Bottom to Tricorner Knob coming soon!
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Catching sunrise from Luftee Gap along Newfound Gap Road.
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Morning at the unchanged Laurel Gap Shelter.
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Interesting mountain side of smooth rock, a rare sighting in the Smokies.
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Inside the already refurbished Tricorner Knob Shelter for the first time in 5 years.
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Miles and miles and miles and miles of these trees....hence named Balsam Mountain.