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Hike of the Month - Abrams Falls via Little Bottoms Trail

Early morning sunlight filters through trees on the Cooper Road Trail near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  After following the Cooper Road Trail for 0.9 miles hikers will join the Little Bottoms Trail.

Photo by Adam Brimer

Early morning sunlight filters through trees on the Cooper Road Trail near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010. After following the Cooper Road Trail for 0.9 miles hikers will join the Little Bottoms Trail.

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  • Visitors swim at Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  August's hike of the month follows the Little Bottoms and Abrams Creek Trails from the Abrams Creek Ranger Station to the falls for a 10-mile round trip.
  • The hike to Abrams Falls via the Little Bottoms and Abrams Falls Trails begins at the Abrams Creek Ranger Station for those hikers who do not have reservations at the Abrams Creek Campground near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  Hikers must park across from the ranger station and hike along the Cooper Road Trail past the Abrams Creek Campground to reach the Little Bottoms Trail.
  • Early morning sunlight filters through trees on the Cooper Road Trail near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  The park service has treated the hemlocks in this section of the park to ward off the hemlock woolly adelgid infestation.
  • Early morning sunlight filters through trees on the Cooper Road Trail near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  After following the Cooper Road Trail for 0.9 miles hikers will join the Little Bottoms Trail.
  • The 20-foot high Abrams Falls spills into a pool in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  Caution is advised as several people have drowned while swimming in the pool.
  • Hikers must follow the Cooper Road Trail past the Abrams Creek Campground to reach the Little Bottoms Trail and ultimately Abrams Falls via the Abrams Falls Trail near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.
  • Abrams Creek can be seen for much of the hike along the Little Bottoms Trail which follows the stream some of the time and veers away at other times near Maryville, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.
  • Visitors take in the sights at Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 8, 2010.  August's hike of the month follows the Little Bottoms and Abrams Creek Trails from the Abrams Creek Ranger Station to the falls for a 10-mile round trip.

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