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I am so excited with anticipation.<br><br>
Tenn Smokey Mount in just 7 days. Have hikes planned to the following:<br>
Chimney Tops<br>
Mt LeConte<br>
Ramsey Cascades<br>
Grotto, Abrams, Rainbow & Laurel Falls.<br><br>
Looking for a few other ideas ???????
 

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I passed through on the AT a couple years ago. Charlie's Bunyon is cool, and supposedly a less-seen part of the park. If you're looking for a tough hike, I've heard Shuckstack is pretty tough, though the route up on the AT is not very difficult. Highest point in the park is Clingman's Dome, but I didn't think it was that great. Plus it's accessible by road, so there are a lot of tourists.
 

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Gregory Bald. Beautiful View from up there.
 

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BTW... Gregory Bald is accessible from Cades Cove and overlooks the Cove. Not many people hike it from my experience. I don't remember seeing many on the trail.
 

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Dennis, what trail was that on?
 

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We enountered the mother bear and 3 cubs (only 2 were in the picture) on Laurel Falls trail, about 100 meters from the falls. This was a late evening hike we started at 7pm. One of the cubs got nosey and started towards us. Mama then came out, growled and did a bluff charge, stopped about 40 feet away. We backed up, mama bear got her cub back down the hill so we could pass.<br><br>
Witnessed a male bear the very next day on the Ramsey Cascades trail about 20 minutes from the falls. The bear seemed to just come to the stream for a drink then was going back up the hill.
 

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That is so neat. I love the Lauren Falls Trail. I'm glad you had such a cool experience.
 
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