Our spring break camping trip was to the Tellico River district of the Cherokee National Forest. We had originally planned to camp at Cades Cove, but got as far as the Wye in Townsend to discover the Park Service sign indicating its campground was full. Tellico was beautiful, and campsites were plentiful. This is the Tellico River at the Wildcat Overlook, as is the picture below.
This is the Tellico Ranger station, and the rangers there were quite helpful both on the telephone and when we visited the office. They told us there might be some prescribed burning going on during our stay, and we saw smoke come through our campsite during our last evening there. The next morning we encountered detours that took us over roads where you could see fires still burning along the ridges of the mountains. It was pretty, if a bit spooky.
This is the spectacular Bald River Falls, which was really flowing fast.
This is a view of the Tellico River just below were the Bald River joins the Tellico right below the falls.