Friday, September 16, 2011

Being Aware of where you are or might hike in The Great Smoky Mountains during the Fall

When hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a moderate climate, typified by mild winters and hot, humid summers. When planning a trip to the Smokies or planning a hiking trip while in the GSMNP , always  keep in mind that elevations in the park range from just over 875 feet to 6,643 feet and that the topography can drastically affect local weather. Temperatures can vary 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit from mountain base to top, and clear skies at lower elevations do not guarantee equally pleasant weather on the higher peaks. Especially always be prepared carry extra water , a fleece jacket , hat or other jacket to keep you warm. I have been hiking in the fall and start out at lower elevations where it was partly cloudy and 57 and got to the top and it was total cloud cover and snowing ! But don't forget your rain gear you will always need that in the GSMNP .

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