After we left the Shenandoah mountains, we headed south into North Carolina. One of the most famous attractions in NC is the Great Smoky Mountains. This is the first time we’ve gone this far west into North Carolina (I’ve got family in the Charlotte, NC area), so I was quite excited to see America’s most visited National Park and the place where the famous Blue Ridge Parkway ends.
Immediately upon our arrival, we saw two elk just grazing in the meadows. There were a few policecars along the road, flashing their lights. I think they were afraid that 1) the elk would charge and 2) that us humans would get too close to the elk, thereby provoking 1. I managed to get a few good shots.
No visit to a mountain range would be complete without a hike, whether large or small.
You can also see that this is a forest under stress. You can see the barren trees – they’ve been hurt by acid rain. The visibility is pretty good, but the pollution of the last century has severly limited the inspiring view.