Lessons From The Trail

Listen To Your Body


After hiking all day, it’s finally time to go home. However, the parking area is miles away, and, being impatience, you decide to walk faster in order to arrive at your car sooner.

I’ve found myself in similar circumstances several times and have come to understand, that, when I observe myself starting to drag my feet, tripping here and there on rocks and tree roots, it’s a good idea to slow down. Though falling on the trail isn’t fatal, ones diminished reaction time due to fatigue makes it more difficult to catch or control any given stumble; thus, more likely to sustain an injury – heads up.

Sugarloaf Mountain Park

Following a hike at Benton Falls, I later found Ocoee Dam No. 2 – a hydroelectric dam along the Ocoee River, in Polk County, Tennessee, built between 1912-1913.

At the adjacent Sugarloaf Mountain Park, I learned that materials to construct this rock-filled crib-type dam had been quarried from a hillside across the river, with structural remnants of a railway bridge still intact.

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Clingmans Dome In The Smoky Mountains

I recently visited Clingmans Dome in the Smoky Mountains. Located along the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina, it’s the highest point in Tennessee at 6,643 feet, as well as the highest point in the Smoky Mountains National Park.

It’s a very popular tourist destination, so visitors should arrive early if they don’t wish to walk long distances. There’s also a 1/2 mile paved path leading up a steep grade to an observation tower, which offers spectacular 360-degree views! Along the way are many seating areas, and a gift shop. A restroom is also available.

Here are a few photographs –

Walking to the top, one encounters the Appalachian Trail crossing Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along the 2,144 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Here’s a short video taken from the observation tower –

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