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Missing the green moss of summer along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail in the Smokies...

At the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

This cascade was found on the Roaring fork motor trail.

One of our favorite scenic drives in the Smokey Mountains

This was on the explore page at #10!

 

You know, getting out to explore the Smokies is calming. Many of the affected areas are quickly recovering from last November's fires. And the recent rains mean the flow in the streams are high giving you rushing water that tumbles over the rocks.

 

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Ogle Cabin at the beginning of the Roaring Fork road near Gatlinburg, TN. If you look closely at the base of the tree you can see where last year's forest fire came close. The char is from a pre-burn to save the cabin. Across the road from the cabin, you can see where the forest fire ran up the mountain. When we left this road, we came into the outer reaches of Gatlinburg and saw many homes and condos that were burned to the ground.

 

And another from our trek around Roaring Fork Motor Trail...

Ogle Cabin, Roaring Forks. Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

An afternoon drive around Gatlinburg's Roaring Forks Motor Trail. This was the best afternoon weather day we had all week.

The drive through Roaring Fork is a must do!

Roaring Fork is a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. Once the site of a small Appalachian community, today the stream's area is home to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Roaring Fork Historic District. Like many mountain streams, Roaring Fork is volatile. While the stream presents as a peaceful trickle on any given day, it quickly becomes a raging whitewater rapid after a mild rain shower. The "roar" of the water is amplified by its echo on surrounding mountain ridges.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States.

A small, unnamed waterfall off the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, downstream from Grotto Falls

Green Mossy Rocks Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Date taken: April 18, 2017

 

"The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces, grain by grain bringing them slowly back to sand. There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure."

 

I read a wonderful little book this year while visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It was such a great read. I saw the Smokies with completely different eyes; my appreciation extended to areas I normally skated right over. I love when a book does that.

Standing knee deep in a pool on Roaring Fork in Smoky Mountains Park, balanced on top of a slick rock while holding onto my camera atop a tripod I was oblivious to anything going on in the surrounding environment other than the beauty of this place. If I had slipped and ‘dunked’ my camera and lens, you would have probably heard me all the way back in Burke County NC, maybe beyond. If you are every in the park, it’s worth the drive around Roaring Fork Motor Trail, very beautiful streams with moss covered rocks and many cascades as the creek leaves the mountain valley…

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Turkey in full bloom opposite the November 2016 wildfire burn area.

Natural Dam in the background. Pic below of the falls below taken on the same morning.

Great Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg TN - Lush

 

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail outside of Gatlinburg follows this lovely small river through endless cascades and lush green foliage in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee.

 

Single exposure with a Nikon D800 w/ 17-35mm f/2.8

 

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Roaring Fork, The Great Smoky Mountains.

 

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Had a great 16 hour day with two good friends visiting many areas of the GSMNP. For most of the day we had great conditions but late afternoon was the best.

 

Our middle stop of the day was the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail area of the park. Water levels and flows were excellent. I like this photo because of the rounded nature of the main cascade and how the water flows over it.

 

Around the Gatlinburg area, we saw many signs of the forest fire from last year. Many homes and businesses totally gone. Many trees were burned and had fallen. But for the most part, the northern sections of the Park were in good shape.

 

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN.

Pisgah National Forest, Mitchell County, North Carolina

Nothing says Smoky Mountains like flowing water and green moss on boulders.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

 

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Another Great Smoky Mountains National Park scenic landscape photo from the Roaring Fork in the outside of Gatlinburg TN.

 

I named this image "The Gift of Life" for a few reasons. Aside from the obvious meaning of the water supplying life to the lush forest around it, and the way such places have a way of nourishing the soul, this wonderful portion of river is right behind a historic homestead and surely offered the owners the means to live in this somewhat harsh environment. This gorgeous area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park definitely embodies the name "The Gift of Life" in my opinion. Hope you enjoy it, faves and comments are appreciated! ;-)

 

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Roaring Fork Cabin. Great Smoky Mountains

Roaring Fork is one of the most popular driving tours in the Smoky Mountains. It gets its name from the large, fast stream that flows next to the trail — “Roaring Fork.” The motor nature trail is popular because you get to experience the wooded forestry views as well as some of the history of the national park.

Mossy creek along Roaring Fork Motor Trail

This is the Alex Cole cabin located at the Jim Bales Place seen on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in The Great Smoky Mountains.

A section of Roaring Fork, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Roaring Fork Falls is one of my favorites. It is just past the Blue Ridge Parkway on US80 north.

 

The conditions were great on this day even though the skies were full sunlight. If you get to these falls before 10am, you should be protected by tree shade. We were greeted with great water flow from recent rains and little wind.

 

Just be very careful if you attempt to creep up the right side. Those rocks are very slippery.

 

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This was my first adventure at Roaring Fork this year. I love this place so much. I found this little cascade near one of the bridges as you descend down the mountain. I tried many angles on this composure and I guess I like this one best. There are so many thousands of composures you can come up with at Roaring Fork and I will go back again and attempt a few more.

 

A landscape version of one I have posted before of a trip there this last June. I never tire of this drive!

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