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T H E G O O D WA L K

An Intro Walk for the Smokies
This short hike provides tastes of history, forest and creatures.
Text by LEONARD ADKINS | Photos by LEONARD AND LAURIE ADKINS

G,
GATLINBUR E
TENNESSE

ABOVE: The footbridge spans the
West Fork of the Little Pigeon River.
RIGHT: There are many reminders of
the past along the hike route.
FAR RIGHT: Cataract Falls, down a
short side trail, tumbles 25 feet.

ANGELA BECK

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WE HAD
BREAKFAST AT...

housands of people come to
However, this past year I was able
the Great Smoky Mountains
to talk two nephews into an earlyregion every year and never set
morning walk before meeting up with
foot inside the national park.
the rest of the family back in town for
Timbers Log Cabin in
Gatlinburg. It was nice to find
A segment of my family fits
breakfast. The pathway is certainly not
a non-chain restaurant and the
that description. They vacaa wilderness route. It goes under the
portions were so large that we
tion here almost annually, but
Gatlinburg Bypass and runs close to the
split some of the entrées in half
they are not hikers (nor even walkers).
Newfound Gap Road for much of the
to share.
They come to ride the attractions of
way, but it was my chance to get the
the area's amusement parks, shop at
boys into the woods.
the stores, imbibe in meals and sweets that are not availThe Gatlinburg Trail starts at the national park's Sugable near home and luxuriate in the amenities offered in arlands Visitor Center and within a few hundred yards a
fashionable resorts.
short side trail (less than .4 mile roundtrip) leads to Cata-

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