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The Smokey Mountains   U.S.A

Started Jan-23 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 253 views.

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.


Caution is advised in the backcountry. The park's backcountry is managed as a natural area where the forces of nature determine trail conditions. Please be prepared for swollen streams, bridge washouts, downed trees, and trail erosion-particularly between December and May due to the seasonal nature of the trail maintenance program.

Hikers enjoy the Smoky Mountains during all months of the year with every season offering is own special rewards. During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone walls, chimneys, foundations, and other reminders of past residents. Spring provides a weekly parade of wildflowers and flowering trees. In summer, walkers can seek out cool retreats among the spruce-fir forests and balds or follow splashy mountain streams to roaring falls and cascades. Autumn hikers have crisp, dry air to sharpen their senses and a varied palette of fall colors to enjoy.


The park offers several different types of campsites:

Backcountry - for backpackers. Requires hiking several miles to a site located in the park's backcountry.

Frontcountry - camping near your car in a developed campground that has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table.

Group Campgrounds - large campsites suitable for groups of eight people or more. Located in frontcountry campgrounds.

Horse Camps - Small campgrounds, accessible by vehicle, that offer hitch racks for horses and primitive camping facilities.

Campground facilities and the procedures for obtaining a site in each type are different. Click on the titles above for additional information about facilities, reservations, and operating seasons.

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From: munazzakhan


A road trip journey can be scenic, adventurous or (mostly) boring with plain views of the highways. But what if I tell you about a road trip which is visually-appealing and extremely adventurous. Then get on the roads for an epic road trip to Hunza in Pakistan, which I promise, will be the most memorable road trip of your life! You might ask why? Well, just keep on reading…

Well connected through the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan, a road trip to Hunza is a definite bucket-list item for a majority of the local tourists and now many international ones as well. The secluded Hunza valley up north in Pakistan is a dreamland of its own with the unmatched beauty of panoramic mountain views, rivers flowing rivers and has its very own cherry blossom season too! many companies also offering Skardu tour packages from all over the world

krathyn 5 (Phantom7031)

Sounds like the trip to Pakistan compares favorably to a similar trip in the USA. 

This looks like an interesting trip!