Took a day to traverse Shuckstack from Twentymile to Lakeshore and back. A heck of a haul with numerous hairy stream crossings along Lost Cove.
One of a great number of red Huger's Trillium that lined the trail early on.
A video showing the beautifully flowing Twentymile Cascade.
The wild geraniums were out in full force much of the way, a great spring for the purple flower.
I managed to stumble upon an open Fraser Magnolia bloom at ground level, catching a whiff of its creamy goodness.
A different perspective from Shuckstack, so much green, compared to my trip last fall.
One of seven unbridged stream crossings...notice the massive tree truck ideally stretched across the water. It sure came in handy!
Continuing the streak of fabulous firetower hikes, this time up and over Shuckstack toward Doe Knob and accompanied by Bonnie; thus, completing the 72.6 miles of Appalachian Trail in the Smokies.
Ketchup and Mustard were seen all the way up from Fontana.
Even inside the firetower, the chilling winds found their way in...Exhibit A: Bonnie.
Upon leaving the tower for the first time, a few deer pass underneath.
Ta da!!! Reaching the AT junction at Doe Knob having hiked all of the AT within the Smokies! Thanks Bonnie for taking the pic!
Imagine hearing the crunching of leaves underfoot, then the rattles of a 3 foot long Timber Rattlesnake. Luckily, a few yards off the trail and not interested in us, but we wisely chose not to linger and warned hikers heading that direction.
Our second visit to the firetower proved gratifying, as views over Lake Fontana were much clearer and the waters sparkling.