For Black Friday my friends and I decided to forego the lines and stores and hit the trail instead. We are fortunate enough to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and try to take advantage of it as much as possible.

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With the weather report calling for partly cloudy skies, we chose a waterfall trail. We try to save the view hikes for those times we know we will have good visibility. Give the relative easy of the trail, we planned to enjoy the hidden gems along the way.

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Thanks to my expert guidance, we missed the old Cadillac on the way up. We also zipped right past the house site and chimney remnants. The trail was the site of an old railroad bed, and some of the tracks remain today as well.

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Not as difficult to locate, however, were the waterfalls, at least most of them. The path followed the creek most of the way up, and we paused here and there to take in the beauty of it all.

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Indian Flats Falls is tucked a bit off the beaten path, and if not for other trail users we would have probably missed it. About half way up the trail, a couple of ladies on horseback had passed us.

Just shy of the 4 mile mark, we found the two horses tied up on the side of the trail without the humans. We took this as our first clue that an off-trail gem had to be nearby.

A bit thanks to my friend (and fellow blogger) Gretchen for the photo below. Somehow I didn’t manage to get a snap of our goal destination!

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As evident by the photos, we managed to do a better job at the scavenger hunt on the way down. Despite being one of the easier hikes we’ve done, we all enjoyed it immensely.

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