With only one hike remaining in the eastern half of the park, I had a day with decent weather to complete a loop hike between Mount Sterling and Cataloochee in the shape of a baseball diamond full of ups and downs.
The White Wood Asters were in abundance along the Mount Sterling Ridge.
Aaahhh...the lovely mudpits of the Mount Sterling Ridge Trail...
A bridge crossing through a coneflower thicket near the lower end of Pretty Hollow Gap Trail.
Passing below the Little Cataloochee Baptist Church.
Don't those pictures look familiar? Why...YES! I took them a few weeks ago on that delightful hike up Gunter Fork. It seems the NPS put the photos and map I sent them about the slides to good use, posting them at various trailheads on the park's east side.