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Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« on: May 13, 2016, 12:13:40 PM »
Two friends and I went on a little overnighter Thursday and Friday in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We started at the Abrams Creek Ranger Station and hiked to Campsite #1. at the western most edge of the GSMNP.

Here is Abrams Creek at the trail head.



Cooper Road trail was formerly an old wagon road used buy early settlers in the area. Easy 1-mile hike to the campsite.

Here are my accommodations for the night. Kelly Noah 12' tarp, Grand Trunk ultralight hammock, and a wool blanket.

We set up camp then went for pretty tough 20 minute hike to another section of Abrams Creek to do a little trout fishing. I brought a Browning Safari travel rod which packed nicely.



Fished a couple hours but no trout. Used Rooster Tails (They have to be single hook, no trebles. No corn, salmon eggs, live bait, dead bait, etc.). Caught this little smallmouth bass.

Hiked back and messed around camp a bit before a thunder shower hit. Not much wind but plenty of thunder and rain. Stormed about two hours while I lounged ... and dozed ... in the hammock.




The rain moved on and we got a fire going. Temps went from mid-80's to lower 70's after the storm. Glad we thought to put some kindling in a garbage bag before the storm. My egg carton/sawdust/paraffin wax fire starters worked nicely. We ate and loafed around camp til bedtime.

Up about daybreak, ate breakfast and packed up camp. We fished a few spots on the way out but didn't catch anything.

Abrams Creek was quiet on the way in yesterday but was roaring today in places after the storm.

Overall a good trip, we expected the rain so it was no big deal, temps were cool, bugs weren't too bad yet. A few trout for supper woulda been nice. Campsite was nice and level with fire rings and creek access for water.

There was a bear attack in the the park the previous night. Bear bit a man through the tent while he slept inside. We didn't see any bears or any evidence in the areas we camped and fished.




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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2016, 12:55:02 PM »
That looked like a great little getaway.......just enough of a fish to keep you out of the 'skunked' category and enough of a rain event to test your choice of sleeping arrangement.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2016, 03:34:06 PM »
Great looking place.  Nice fish, nice camp.  What more could one ask?
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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2016, 04:21:33 PM »
Very nicely done Sarge


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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2016, 06:09:55 PM »
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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 06:22:00 PM »
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


Ditto! & I wish I could have been there with you fellers.
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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2016, 07:25:46 PM »
I'd call that a whopper.

Very pretty spot. Thanks for posting your trip

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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2016, 04:02:15 AM »
We love that area.  Make at least one trip a year there.  Seems like every year when we get up there there has just been a bear attack.  Oh well, considering the number of people that visit the park we're ok.

Sounds like a great trip.
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Re: Hiking - Camping - Fishing 05/12/16
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 09:01:53 PM »
Thanks, guys. No dirt time in a while. Had a great time.

I feel the same way about bear attacks, madmax. I respect the danger and take necessary precautions - hanging food, etc. - but statistically we are far more likely to be injured or killed in a car wreck driving to bear country.


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