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Exploring Elkmont

We’re off for a few days of bike exploring and fishing.

In an out of the way corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Little River Valley is a region known as Elkmont.  The Little River and Jakes Creek have carved a narrow and somewhat flat valley with steep and rugged mountains on either side.  Early pioneers and settlers eked out a living by logging, hunting and distilling the local favorite beverage.  When the park was established in the 30’s many of the locals were allowed to stay and were granted lifetime leases.  These leases have all but expired (I suppose the lease holders must have expired) and the land is now officially part of the park.

The area is a beautiful wilderness and a great place to bike, hike and fish.  Early autumn is a good time to visit.  The fall colors are starting to show themselves and the early morning temperatures are brisk but bearable.  The summer crowds have left and the trout streams are less pressured so hopefully the trout are more willing to take a fly.

I’ll post some pictures when we return.  Thanks for reading, Jack

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  1. October 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

    This entire area looks like a great place to spend a week or two on a bike just riding and camping about. I might have to make some plans for next summer or fall.

  2. The Velo Hobo
    October 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Yep, we just made it back and it is too much to explore in a three day trip. A great loop could be done by bike to include Cades Cove, Cosby Campground or maybe even Dollywood or Pigeon Forge (for a taste of tacky tourist traps). Let me know if your in the area, Jack

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