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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