April 27, 2014 – The first time I had ever been on this trail was during Tremont’s Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop. I didn’t get nearly enough of it then, so went back for more before the flowers weren’t as plentiful. This is a .75 mile loop accessed by the Chimneys picnic area off of Newfound Gap Road within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It’s not a difficult trail, but there are steps and rocky places to traverse.
And of course some rustic little bridges to cross – always happy to see them.
Don’t just look for the big pictures, though. These are actually tiny cascades almost hidden among the mossy rocks.
Tiny wildflowers are abundant all over the forest floor.
These larger White Trillium are a bit more show-offy.
I loved how these looked with the mossy fallen tree as backdrop.
This was one of my favorite scenes – a rotted out tree serving as a natural planter.
This one was fun to visit with, too, though.
Definitely can’t get enough of these gorgeous trails and wildflowers!