Total Miles Hiked: 3.0
28 June 2018
I was in Cherokee NC today for a meeting, and took the opportunity before heading home to stop at the Oconaluftee Visitor's Center, and hike the short Oconaluftee River Trail. The trail starts at the visitor's center, and heads south for 1.5 miles to the park border / Qualla Boundary border. The trail essentially follows the corridor between the Oconaluftee River on the east side, and US Highway 441 on the west.
Interesting tidbit: the Oconaluftee River trail and the Gatlinburg trail are the only two trails in the GSMNP that allow pets.
|Oconaluftee River trailhead|
|Oconaluftee Mountain Farm Museum|
|Rosebay Rhododendron in bud|
|Rosebay Rhododendron in flower|
We had a LOT of rain over the last 24 hours in the area, so all of the park's rivers and streams were running high. Several roads were closed early in the day, and campers were evacuated from Elkmont campground for fear of flooding. The Oconaluftee River was running high, and fast, and muddy.
|Trailside marker and bench|
|Cherokee NC end of the trail|
Been battling a foot injury, so I haven't been hiking much lately. Hope to get out and do some more this summer, and certainly in the fall. Time to head to the NC side and do some long backpacking trips!
Til next time, happy hiking!