I was quite surprised to see that it is one of the three highest peaks east of the Mississippi, even higher than Mt. Washington in New Hampshire! I thought that was really high! Clingman's Dome has it beat by 400+ ft.! Mt. Washington has a weather observatory at the peak and has some of the wickedest weather ever that changes rapidly. It is 6,288 ft. compared to Clingman's Dome's 6,643 ft., highest point in the Smokies, in Tennessee and on the Appalachian Trail. Click on the pics to enlarge.
|ramp to the viewing tower|
|Isa and Paul resting in the tower|
|Slate Gray or Dark Eyed Junco the only type Junco found in the eastern US|
Next up a trip to Mingo Falls!