After a slight detour for filling out a backcountry permit at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, we parked at Polls Gap, and started on the Hemphill Bald Trail. Wildflowers were gorgeous along the ridge, especially the turk's cap lilies and rhododendrons.
|Rhododendron tunnel on the Hemphill Bald Trail|
|Old fence built by the CCC|
|Guess who always packs long underwear even when the forecast is in the 90's?|
|Backpacking is such hard work.|
The next day we passed by the Big Poplars.
Overall, it was a great trip and we'll have to go back to the Smokies again soon!