A book mostly about birding by the illustrious Roger Tory Peterson and his English travel companion James Fisher in 1955.
There were a few paragraphs by Fisher about hiking in the Smokies. Is it still like this? Sounds really wondrous. (And there's a place called Pigeon River!)
If you have the time/interest here are some excerpts:
...We drove up the middle prong of the Pigeon River, swollen with rain from the Tennessee slopes of those great wooded hills, Le Conte and Chapman. Led by Arthur Stupka and his wife [she gets no name!] and the Gliddens Baldwins, who are authorities on the big trees of the Smokies, we left the cars near the meeting of 2 streams which had cut down to staircases of smooth, pebble-worn rock, all overhung by the forest hemlocks, and giant shiny-leaved rhododendrons...To our north rose Greenbrier Pinnacle, to our south all 6340 ft. of Mt. Chapman. As we took the trail up the Ramsay Prong the valley closed in, and the forest grew bigger, and wilder. I began to feel that I was walking in one of those dreams, down interminable corridors, between infinitely high pillars - those dreams in which proportions inexorably change.
...The bushes were trees and the trees were emperors; even the shadbushes seemed 40 ft. high. ...a tulip tree towered higher than any tree I had seen in Britain; and from then on big trees of at least 6 kinds thrust up from the tangled forest floor for about a hundred feet or more. ...Every now and then we paused like dwarfs at the foot of some great bole: a Canada Hemlock 8 ft. or more across at the roots and five at a man height; a tremendous silverbell; a pair of yellow buckeyes, each nearly 100 ft. high; vast smooth trunked beeches; the biggest maple tree I had ever seen, a sugar maple; and a 70 ft. wild pincherry whose top was lost in the canopy and whose lowest branch, a geat horizontal arm, must have been 40 ft. above us....."
Just was really pleased that this Birding Englishman took so much time to discuss the trees and vegetation. They are on to the Okefinokee Swamp next.
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughn