For several hikers, this was their first introduction to the Smokies. Some people take longer than others to learn about their surroundings. I was thrilled that they decided to come to the park today.
The highlight of the hike was Midnight Hole, a pool about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. A half-mile later, we stopped at Mouse Creek Falls. But we followed Big Creek the whole way up to the campground – and yes, the whole way down.
Holly S. came from the TN office of Friends. It was her birthday – a big birthday – and she decided, wisely, to celebrate it in the park. Here she is climbing on the rock at Midnight Hole.
She then jumped off the rocks but unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of her jump. Happy Birthday Holly.
Classic Hikes of the Smokies occur monthly on the third Thursday.
The next hike is on Thursday, October 18.
To register for any of the hikes, contact Friends of the Smokies at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-452-0720.