Springtime in the Smokies
And the world
The legend has it -and this is where I used to yawn and roll my eyes-
that the fellow who founded this valley hiked to the top of the highest mountain
(that would be Waterrock Knob) to choose the place where he would settle.
According to that legend, he picked the most beautiful valley. Well, I
thought, isn't that a sweet story... And then one day, I myself hiked to
the top of Waterrock Knob. Now, that trail winds around the mountain, and
you're presented with breathtaking view after breathtaking view as the trail
makes its circular ascent. It was a crystal clear day in early spring, and
the trees were just barely starting to leaf out, giving everything just a hint
of green. Then I came around a bend and saw it. All along I've known
that Maggie Valley was in a protected little cove, totally surrounded by a ring
of mountains and insulated from the harsher weather 'outside'. But I was
unprepared for the result: Below me was a perfect, beautiful little
emerald green valley, nestled deep in the cleft of the mountains.
Awestruck, I froze in place. Then I began to pick out details, identifying
marks, finding the familiar points of Maggie Valley. There was the Ghost
Town chair lift. That would be Sheepback Mountain. Look, there's
Aunt Bettie's house, and that's where the creeks cross on the way up to our
place. Folks hiking past me were amused at my excited, "Look! Look!
I live there!"
I don't question the legend any more.
Spring, as the
earth reawakens! Click on any image for a larger view...
All pictures were taken by Larry & Sandee Wright and are protected by
These pictures were all taken here at Timberwolf Creek, a place of exceptional
What's in Bloom?
Wondering what's in bloom on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway?
Timberwolf Creek is very similar to what you'll find there, and we have the same
sort of wildflowers and pristine mountain stream environment, so the same bloom
times apply to both places. Click Here
for the schedule.