By condensing two originally planned hikes into one, I completed a roundabout 25 mile trek in the shape of an "M" from the Tunnel to Nowhere, up and around Springhouse Branch, ascending Noland Creek, then strolling down the Divide to Deep Creek. A long haul but well worth it!
The day's hike began with the long walk down the dark, damp tunnel...
It is the season for many mushrooms, some crazier looking than others. This massive red one was about the size of a basketball, found along the crest of Forney Ridge.
Looking back at one of the first crossings of Noland Creek. The cool waters were refreshing to the feet!
One of the park's more unique flowers in my opinion, the Yellow Gerardia was coming out in force along the Noland Divide.
Looking down the knife edge spine of the Noland Divide from the Lonesome Pine Overlook. I was blown away when I got there, for this overlook may just be one of the most impressive in the entire park, but so little known.
A brief video I took in an attempt to give justice to the grandeur of Lonesome Pine.
My drive back across the park was enhanced by a bright rainbow that stretched form the base of Mount Ambler to the Thomas Divide. I was able to drive under it then circle back around it. By the time I took this picture from Newfound Gap, the colors were starting to fade.
Journal discussing 20.5 mile lower elevation trek between Noland and Forney Creeks coming soon.
The dark and daunting Tunnel along the "Road to Nowhere."
Old chimney from CCC settlement, also located at Campsite #71.
Noland Creek crashes over rocks as it enters Lake Fontana.
Some lingering fall color as seen from Lakeview Drive overlook.