Top Five Friday-Hikes

So I love to hike…that’s the one sucky part about Nashville is that the Smoky Mountains aren’t a 20 minute drive for me. Man I miss that place. Today I wanted to share my five favorite photos from hikes. As a single gal, I go hiking solo alot (much to the chagrin of friends and family who think it unwise) but it provides thinking time and space to take photos.

Without further ado…

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1. Bays Mountain

My original hiking place. It started it all. It’s a quietly nestled away, yet an easy hike. This photo was when I first got interested in hiking photography. It remains my all-time favorite capture. They also have a wildlife refuge full of turkeys, wolves, and other creepy crawlies. My favorite part used to be the Planetarium. I haven’t actually been in that in probably 20+ years.

2. Cades Cove (the loop)

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Living as close as I did to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I would often take a day off and drive up to one of the hiking trails. A common, and very popular, trail is Cades Cove. It’s an 11-mile loop you can drive, with short 1-2 mile off-shoots to hike on. This place stays packed year-round with visitors, but if you get up there early enough you can sometimes get it to yourself, or yourself and some other nature photographers.

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3. Sweet Heifer Trail

Sometimes you just have to get off the beaten trail. This one is exactly what I did. It was a fun experience, but one I knew was out of my hiking experience once I got a mile in the trail. This one is near Clingman’s Dome, but definitely an intermediate hike. I ended up tracking back on this hike instead of climbing further into it. It was the quietest place I think I have ever found though. And stunningly beautiful.

4. Narrows of the Harpeth

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While I have hiked some crazy trails before, this one was the one where I experienced the snake coming across the rocks towards me. And I screamed. LOUDLY. Now I am a Southern girl, I know how to shoot a gun and I am okay with the majority of animals, but I inherited my snake fear from my Dad. You don’t play around when they are coming at you. Regardless, this hike was a wet mess. It took far longer to get there than expected and I was disappointed at the trail. But it became my favorite when I got to this trail where the photo was taken. This photo reminds me of so much of where I was in that time. It’s a marking point in my journey and I love that.

5. Bledsoe Creek

This place is nestled back in Gallatin. It’s a drive for sure. On this Spring day earlier this year, it was perfection. This is the only hike I did not do solo in my top five favorites. It holds alot of meaning to me in many ways. This hike is a signpost in my journey that brings a smile to my face and warmth to my soul. The trails are relatively low-key and standard for the middle Tennessee area.

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Do you have a favorite spot? What is a hobby you enjoy doing solo? Share below!

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