Images from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

March 20-27, 2003


Behold the Appalachian Trail.This may look like any pathway in the woods, but how many paths can take you over 2000 miles? The trail runs from Katahdin Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. This section lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At a size of over 800 square miles straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee the park is one of the largest protected areas in the east.



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On the western edge of the park, Abram's Creek meanders through the pine forest on it's way to the Little Tennessee river. Parker found Abram's Falls and decided to record the scenic beauty for us.

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Heading east from Abram's Creek is the Cade's Cove area. This is the most popular spot in the park for visitors who want to day hike and camp. It's a 6800 acre valley showcasing the Park's cultural history, natural beauty as well as providing many opportunities for recreation.

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On the Appalachian Trail in the eastern-center of the park is Charlie's Bunion. Not a road in sight, Charlie's Bunion is truly a beautiful spot in the mountains.

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On the Tennessee side of the park near Sugarland is the tiny "Little River". It begins as a trickel up by the divide, gaining strength color and personality as it flows northwest for a while. Parker picked a spot that had everything going for it and created his oil painting.

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