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Old Jan 10, 2015, 9:02 PM   #1
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Will be leading two hikes for the Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Smokies later this month. Since I so rarely get to hike in the Smokies, it seemed prudent to check trail conditions well in advance.

First hike will be up and back on the Porter Creek Trail. Porter Creek is a lovely stream, famed for its wildflower-rich watershed. Winter is not wildflower season, but it sure is flowing stream season!
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Porter Flats, at the lower end of the trail, was a busy settlement. And there are many reminders of those early farming days.
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There's also a cabin built by the Appalachian Mt Club, with a restored springhouse right nearby.
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It was a rather frosty early morning hike, with some good views of the higher country.
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There's a nice little waterfall about halfway up the trail called Fern Branch Falls. Of course I had to stop and take a few snapshots.
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Trail was in fine condition, full of discoveries to share with the Wildlife Week hikers. Hope you enjoyed the trip too, and will share your comments & critique.
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Very nice series! I love the last picture, but all are very nice. What a lovely spot to take a hike.
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The frosty leaves is my favorite photograph. Nice series!
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For a change I enjoyed you non-water shots more, not that the water shots aren't good but all the non-water shots turned out great. Really liked the rocks, cabin shots, frost and the path shots. Nice shooting Mole.
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Harriet- Indeed a great location at any season - but will be especially nice in the spring - one of the premiere wildflower locations in the Smokies!

MacBook - That's one of my favorites too - Thanks!

Hans - Thanks for your very kind words!
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