We finally got out and did some real hiking! For our first day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we picked a hike that didn’t require us to drive very far and had a huge waterfall at the end. It was identified as “strenuous” and they weren’t kidding. We hiked about 8-miles round trip with a 2,000 elevation climb over some pretty rough terrain. It was worth it though – I thought is was a beautiful hike. We paralleled a rocky river for most of the way.
The payoff was Ramsey Cascades – a 150′ tall cascading waterfall. The parking lot was crowded and we saw quite a few people coming down from the falls. So, we felt fortunate that we had the falls to ourselves for a few minutes before more hikers arrived.