Doug and I spent a few days in the Smokies the first week of April. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a favorite getaway for us, only a day's drive away, very scenic, and most relaxing.
There was virtually no sign of spring in the trees and shrubs except that the redbuds were out in their glory, and the dogwoods were just beginning to bloom. The lack of any green elsewhere, really made the redbuds stand out.
|Redbud Trees at Oconaluftee|
|River Walk at Oconaluftee|
|Golden Hour Back Roads Tour|
|On Thunderhead Prong Trail|
|Bridge on Thunderhead Prong Trail|
|Thunderhead Prong Trail|
|On Noland Creek Trail|
|Noland Creek Trail Plus View of Fontana Lake from Road to Nowhere|
|Mama Bear (upper right) and Two Cubs (center and lower left)|
|Another Bear, Same Day, Different Location|