These pictures were from a trip to see one of the biggest trees in the Smokies, a giant Poplar that we measured to be approximately 24 feet around at its base.
It was a beautiful day for a hike. Late May and early June marks the beginning of summer weather up in the mountains but it’s rarely ever “hot” because of the elevation (and the shade from the towering trees doesn’t hurt either).
It’s well known that prior to the establishment of the National Park the Smokies were inhabited by small communities and logging operations. This led to a lot of timber being cut all across what would later become the Park. This is why many of the trees that you see when you visit the Smokies are less than 75 years old.
Every once in a while you’ll come across a giant tree that somehow escaped the timber companies or the development of the mountain communities. These trees can often date back to the 1800s.
It’s unknown how old this particular giant Poplar is and its height certainly couldn’t be accurately measured but suffice it to say that it towered over the surrounding trees.
Hopefully we’ll be posting some pictures, videos and stories from a few more hikes up to the mountains this summer. Guests of our city almost always love taking a visit there during their stay. Pigeon Forge is so fortunate to have its location nestled in the foothills of the Smokies just minutes away from some of the most beautiful areas of the National Park.