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Archive for September, 2010

Indian Creek’s ‘Baby’ Falls

A few hundred feet below Indian Creek Falls is a much smaller cascade where Indian Creek narrows to just three feet in width forcing the water to churn through the narrow opening between two boulders. The “baby’ falls can be viewed up close from a bridge on the Deep Creek Trail.

You can see Indian Creek Falls, Juneywhank Falls, Tom Branch Falls and the baby falls on a short walk through the Deep Creek recreational area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,  just two miles north of Bryson City. More about waterfalls in the North Carolina Smokies.

Photo by J.R. vanLienden

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The Bookends Of A Perfect Day On Fontana Lake

This week’s double postcard of Fontana Lake scenery provides a beautiful followup to our July 25th mountain sunrise and sunset photos. Gloria Kaylor, who rents cabins in the Smokies, captured these early morning and late evening images of her ‘favorite place on this earth’.

Interested in spending the day on Fontana Lake? You’ll find more information here.

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In the Smokies, Life Will Imitate The Movies

In the popular film, “Night At The Museum”, all the animals and characters in the exhibits come to life. In the Smokies next week, another museum will come to life when the Mountain Farm Museum hosts the annual Mountain Life Festival.

The Mountain Farm Museum is a collection of 19th Century farm buildings moved from different sites throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and assembled in a grassy field alongside the Oconalufee River near Cherokee. Throughout the summer, the museum is a sleepy 19th century farm, with crops such as squash, corn and tomatoes cultivated in the garden and live farm animals grazing in the fields.

And on September 18, the farm will come to life with live demonstrations of soap making, hearth cooking, hominy, apple butter and cider, plus a working cane mill and wood-fired cooker used for the making of sorghum syrup — activities that typified rural life in the Smokies during harvest time.

Mountain Life Festival (free)
Saturday, September 18
10 am – 4 pm
Mountain Farm Museum
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitors Center
Cherokee, NC

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Virginia’s Smoky Mountains Birthday

Virginia Hill came all the way from New York to celebrate her birthday in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Her father, Garius, snapped the above photo and provided the following caption —

“This was a wonderful moment for Virginia and our family. Bryson City and the Nantahala area provided an amazing 12th birthday for Virginia. In one day, we camped in the Smokies, rode on a scenic train through the mountains, whitewater rafted, zip lined through the canopy of giant trees, ate a fabulous dinner in a mountain resort and slept that night in a yurt.”

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