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Backpacking Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

Inside the Great Smoky Mountains

Dark, ominous clouds snaked across the sky over 187,000 acres of old growth forest as the threat of a thunderstorm loomed. Ahead of the dense, hardwood forest was 18 miles of backcountry trail to be covered over three days. Yet all I could think of as a first-time backpacker was the sign warning, “You are entering bear country.” Indeed, I was entering the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and was fairly certain a black bear was about to have its way with me. Continue reading