Up on Craggy Pinnacle. Art by Helen Nagan.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Albright Grove Trail

Albright Grove is an excellent example of an old-growth cove hardwood forest, one of the most diverse forest types in North America. It also contains some of the oldest and tallest trees in the Smokies. Most of the large hardwood trees in the Smokies were cleared by loggers or killed by blights during the first half of the 20th century. Although Albright Grove suffered through various blights and infestations, it was never intensively logged. Hemlock and poplar trees dominate the grove, but you’ll also find Fraser magnolias, basswood, and beeches.  - source
 
This was a seven-mile hike with an elevation gain of 1500 feet.  Considered difficult.






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