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*first post on Trail Space but I have been reading posts from Tipi Walter, Patman, and Gonzen for trail info. This is one of this best sites for info on the Cherokee/Natahala wilderness I have found. Thanks for the info!!*
My wife, my little brother and my father all took our first trip to "the Bob" two weeks ago taking the "easy" route from Beech Gap to what I think is Cold Springs Gap, Then we felt adventurous and went up 54a past the Bob Tee. Then up to the Bald. We camped under that hard woods just east of the Bald because there was a large group out on the bald and we wanted privacy. All in all a great trip!! Weather was perfect it was 72 when we started at Beech Gap and didn't get above 80 the whole time we were there. We saw A LOT of fresh Wild Hog activity on 54a between the Tee and cold springs gap, going up and down. I kept expecting to to see one run out in front of us. There were maybe 11 folks camped in and around the Bob that Saturday. This was my first and won't be my last. I have fallen in love with this area and probably won't go back to the Smokies for a long time. I didn't take a lot of photos, but here is a few for you to enjoy. =)
coming out of the canopy and BOOM....my first look from The BOB
My brother on The Bob. He is a boy scout and a great Hiking buddy. He had the Honor of starting our all important fire that evening!!
what a view!!
Thanks everyone. More to come this weekend. With a lot more pics!!