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Kayaking in the Smokies


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I spent a couple days in March kayaking and hiking in the Smokies. Here is an abbreviated trip report with a lot more photos and details on my blog

https://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2017/03/smokies-kayaking.html

I launched at the Cable Cove boat ramp on the south shore of Fontana Lake, it was a beautiful day, but a little windy.

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I headed towards Fontana Dam and Campsite 87 on an island. This time of year, the water level is lowered in the lake so there are a lot of "beaches" and exposed rock and the island was actually connected to the main land with a "land bridge" that is normally submerged in the summer.

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I enjoyed a nice sunset

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And the stars

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And woke up the next morning to paddle to the Proctor area on Hazel Creek. It was a lot more windy today, but thankfully the wind was mostly at my back

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On the way, I stopped at Cable Cove (not the boat ramp) to check out an old cemetery in the park that is only accessible by boat. I think the trail to the cemetery follows an old road, it passes some obvious home sites as well as this cool rock wall.

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One of the gravestones in the Cable Cemetery.

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All of the cemeteries in the smokies have lots of graves of infant and young children. The dad in me is always saddened by these.

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Then headed up Hazel Creek towards the trail to Campsite 86 and Proctor

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Someone had left a lot of processed firewood for my fire (good for two nights)

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The next morning I explored the area a little bit on the way to Bone Valley in the middle of the park

This is the old lumber mill

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At the end of the Bone Valley Trail is the Hall Cabin. It was built around 1880 and is on the National Register of Historic Places

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The Hall Cemetery at the end of the trail, the daffodils were very pretty

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I had another campfire and I woke the next morning to this

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I explored a bit

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And then it was time to head to the kayak and back to the boat ramp. It was a beautiful day for a paddle with a light breeze and lots of sun. A perfect way to end the trip.

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Gorgeous pictures and thanks for sharing. I've been to that area before a few times but never to hike or kayak. Looks like a great trip.

After seeing this maybe I'll do a trip report on my 5 day in the Superstitions last month.

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53 minutes ago, HikerJ said:

Gorgeous pictures and thanks for sharing. I've been to that area before a few times but never to hike or kayak. Looks like a great trip.

After seeing this maybe I'll do a trip report on my 5 day in the Superstitions last month.

Glad you liked the photos. You should definitely put together a trip report, that is where I get a lot of ideas for future trips.

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On 3/22/2017 at 0:04 PM, wspscott said:

Glad you liked the photos. You should definitely put together a trip report, that is where I get a lot of ideas for future trips.

Ok, I'll post one here in the near future. Probably won't be until after the weekend but we'll see.

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