Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tremont -- "Hidden" Gem of the Smokies

Middle Prong, Little River, Tremont Road
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm

Driving into the Great Smoking Mountains from the west entrance at Townsend, Tennessee gives visitors two choices at the "Townsend Y" -- turn left to follow the Little River Road toward Elkmont, Gatlinburg and the east entrance at Cherokee, North Carolina or make a right and head off into Cades Cove.  If you do the latter in less than 60 seconds you'll come upon a left turn which, if you heed its call, will take you on a short drive on Tremont Road along the Middle Prong of the Little River. 

The picturesque river winds on your left while wildflowers and an occasional cascade may appear on the right.  This is arguably the nicest drive in the park with no heavy traffic as you meander along.  In addition to the scenery, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has been connecting people of all ages with nature at its residential conservation education facility for 45 years.  Spruce Flat Falls is a mile or so upward from near the dormitory and dining hall. 

As you meander you'll likely find fishermen, artists, photographers and others enjoying the calm and beauty of this slightly-off-the-beaten-path part of the Smokies.  Do visit there.

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