We chose to start the Gatlinburg Trail from the National Park end of the trail.
The trailhead is located beyond the Headquarters building,
where you can park next to the maintenance yard.
We felt right at home;o))
After a short hike along the maintenance yard,
you head into the woods and along the river!!
and a statue ;o))
It is a lovely walk along the river and through the woods!!
We have driven through Gatlinburg several times very early in the morning
to get to hikes at the Motor Nature Trail.
However, we have never actually stopped IN the city!!
So we figured we have to at least give it a mile of our time;o))
We gave it 2 miles...
1 mile up and 1 mile back so we can say we have BEEN there!!
It's a tourist town...people, stuff, food & traffic!!
We walked up one side as far as the Aquarium.
Then we crossed the street and headed back.
Love this Sign!!
At the end of our walk back,
we saw the MOST amazing North Face store!!
It looked like a Mountain Lodge:o))
WELL, so much for Gatlinburg...been there...done that;-))
It was time to get back as we could hear the rumbling of thunder!!
Back through the woods, the way we came...
Along the river...
Over the bridge...
and into the car...
Just before the skies opened up!!!