I wrote a blog post more than a week ago on feeling like we’ve (started to) arrive to Knoxville; a big part of the reason why has been the chance to spend time as a family outdoors—a silver lining of a difficult year. I think one or two of these dates may be inaccurate by a day or two (I mainly used pictures and recordings from Strava to recall them), but, I spent a bit of time capturing our walks and hikes, all except for three (Mt. Sterling, AT around Hot Springs, and West Prong) either as a family or with my son, since the beginning of the fall semester. GSMNP = Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
|11/15||Mt Sterling Loop||GSMNP||16.72|
|11/14||Norris Dam||Norris Dam State Park||3.00|
|11/7||Laurel Falls Trail||GSMNP||4.06|
|11/2||Obed Point Trail||Obed||4.36|
|10/31||Seven Islands||Seven Islands State Park||2.50|
|10/24||Frozen Head||Frozen Head State Park||2.50|
|10/23||Seven Islands State Park||Seven Islands State Park||2.50|
|10/17||Emory Falls||Frozen Head State Park||2.85|
|10/9||AT around Hot Springs||Pisgah||10.09|
|10/4||Clingman’s Dome, AT||GSMNP||3.09|
|9/28||Natural Tunnel||Natural Tunnel State Park||2.30|
|9/12||Seven Islands State Park||Seven Islands State Park||2.50|
It’s hard to pick a favorite, it would probably be Emory Falls; a perfect late afternoon Saturday hike with my little one. Another favorite was Obed Point Trail. Clingman’s Dome was fun, but a long drive (~ 1h 45m minutes, each way). A favorite hike that we didn’t make it to this fall was to Abrams Creek, only 50m from Knoxville but in the Smokies. I actually thought we went sometime in August, but could not find any record of it!