Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Great trail for physically challenged

With all the rugged trails criss-crossing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it was nice to find a short one that was well-suited for the physically challenged.

On vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently, we discovered a walking trail which I assume has been there a number of years.

It is just about a mile or so south of the Sugarlands Visitor’s Center. We have passed the location numerous times, but this is the first time we paid more attention.

We noticed that most of the parking spaces were designated for the handicapped so we returned the next day to find out what was going on.

We found the Sugarlands Valley Trail, a path that was suitable for people who are wheelchair-bound or have trouble walking.

Although my wife survived a stoke five years ago, she doesn't need a wheelchair, but she does like walking on smooth, level ground. 

And this trail was ideal as it was paved the whole half-mile distance and did not change in elevation.

The loop nature trail makes its way through the verdant forest and past old homesteads with just the fireplaces remaining.

Just a few feet from the path is a slowly moving stream.

It takes about 45 or so minutes to meander along the forest floor and cover the distance.

For the physically challenge, it can be a great place to enjoy a quiet piece of the national park.

Next post: Oct. 25, 2016

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