We had a full day to explore the area before checking into our hotel in Cherokee and the start of Shark Week VII. We plotted a route north on NC 209, west to Gatlinburg, and south to Clingmans Dome and Cherokee.
The section of NC 209 south of Hot Springs is called, “The Rattler.” As the picture above indicates, the road has 290 curves in 24 miles. The route is technical, but so much more fun than “The Dragon.”
Once we got into Smoky Mountain National Park we had smooth sailing to Clingmans Dome. There were a number of youth groups enjoying the climbing rocks.
This photo shows why the area is called The Smoky Mountains. The haze covers the mountains in all directions.
And an interesting log…
Tomorrow we plan to ride The Cherohala Skyway and The Dragon.