In Episode 23, we talk about all the News From Around the Mountains, take an in-depth look at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and stroll right behind the visitor center building for our Spotlight Hike of the Week that includes Cataract Falls and Fighting Creek Nature Trail.
Rangers were led on a low-speed chase around the Cades Cove loop this week when a man refused to pull over for a seatbelt violation. Luckily, no one was hurt, and the man wrecked in the middle of the loop near Sparks Lane. He is charged with reckless driving and DUI.
Water levels are high throughout the park, so be careful, especially around water crossings and low elevation roads. Butch McDade wrote a great article all about the Appalachian Trail and especially the AT in the Smokies. Check it out HERE.
Be careful out there and watch for bears. They are out and about and backing up traffic in several places in the national park.
SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTER:
With nearly a million visitors per year, this place stays busy and is the most visited visitors center in the national park. They are open from 8am to between 4:30pm and 8:00pm depending on the season. They offer restrooms, vending machines, trail information, a gift shop, ranger walks (and talks), a movie about the national park, a small museum, and a lot more. Check it out. You can visit the official site for current news and offerings HERE.
CATARACT FALLS/FIGHTING CREEK NATURE TRAIL
Located just behind Sugarlands Visitor Center, this hike is an easy and great introduction to the Smokies. It is easy enough to be hiked by just about anyone. There is a 1.2 mile loop that take you around several sites, including the John Owenby Cabin and a side trail to Cataract Falls that is only a quarter mile. So for under a mile and a half you have a couple great things to see. The elevation change is only a hundred feet, so you know there is not much in the way of inclines. You can find more information about this hike at SmokyMountainsRadio.com
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Intro/Outro Music: ”KM 19″ by “The Breakmen” www.thebreakmen.com