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ract Falls. There had been heavy rains for the last couple
of days so the 25-foot falls was putting on a rather impressive display for late summer.
Back on the main route, the sights and sounds of flowing water continued as the trail paralleled the Little Pigeon River's West Prong all of the way to town. There
were some history lessons here, too. A stone chimney
and some rock piles are reminders of the past. Although
we were walking in what is now a deep woods, much of
this area was once open land with acres of corn growing amongst a thriving community of farmsteads, mills, a
church, school, post office and more.
A Civilian Conservation Corps camp was also located
here after the park was established and, evidently, this bit
of America's past is no longer discussed in schools. I had
to explain the CCC to my nephews, describing how this
Great Depression program helped transform the country
by constructing roads, trails, buildings and other structures that are still in use today.
An impressive footbridge crossed the river, providing
long views both up and down the stream. A couple of
white-tailed deer surprised us just as much as we did them
when they burst out of the woods to dash in front of us.
A small flock of gobbling turkeys provided entertainment
just a few yards before the trail came to an end on the
eastern edge of Gatlinburg.

WAYNESVILLE

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THE WALK: An easy two-mile walk beside a scenic stream inside
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
GETTING THERE: Follow US 441 eastward from the center of
Gatlinburg for a little more than two miles to the Sugarlands Visitor
Center. The Gatlinburg Trail starts here, but finding it is a bit tricky; ask
inside the visitor center.
MORE INFORMATION: "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National
Park" by Kevin Adams has a short description of the trail.

Their first woodland hike must have agreed with the
boys. After we were shuttled back to our car at the visitor
center, both wanted to hike the 1.2-mile Fighting Creek
Nature Trail before returning to town. One remarked,
"We saw animals, learned some history, waded in a river
and looked at a cool waterfall. Wonder what we'll see on
this trail?"
Find out more about Leonard's walking and hiking adventures at habitualhiker.com.

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