The Townsend 'Y'. Image from Google Earth.
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When Betsy and I go to the Smokies, we usually enter the park from Townsend, Tennessee. Shortly after entering the park, we get to the ‘Y’. As you can see from the photo above, there are a couple of reasons why the ‘Y’ is called the ‘Y’. The road into the park splits at this point, with one branch going to Cades Cove and the other going to Gatlinburg. This is also where the West Prong of the Little River joins the Little River.
The ‘Y’ is a popular spot and is usually very crowded. But earlier this month the parking lot was practically deserted, so we decided to stop and check out the rapids.
Little River, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. December 11, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)
One of the first things we noticed was how clear the water was. Betsy did a great job of capturing the clarity of the river at this point.
Tree in the middle of Little River, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. December 11, 2011.
I was attracted by the rapids and the unusual tree growing in the middle of the stream.
Little River at the 'Y', Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. December 11, 2011.
It was a real treat to have this beautiful, peaceful scene to ourselves. The Smokies are a fantastic place to visit any time of the year.