#1,650 Chimney Tops + Lake J.

After breakfast, we were back on the road headed for Lake Junaluska, but as is our post-Gatlinburg tradition, first we stopped at the Chimney Tops in the national park for swimming and exploring before a picnic lunch. This is always a highlight of our trips, but we’ve not been here in a few years. So many of them had never been here before, the old hands who did it their freshman year of high school were showing them the ropes, how to jump from log to rock for at least a mile upstream. It should be noted that the water there is absolutely frigid, but that didn’t stop these crazy people from jumping in. In the shade.

After lunch, we were back on the twisting mountain road to North Carolina…. And a stop for ice cream, or in my case, Nehi Peach in a glass bottle. My very most favorite drink in the world. Do you have it where you live? If not, I feel sad for you.

And finally, we were here. Lake J! The place our hearts long for when the temperature rises.

Andy Lambert is the speaker this week. He’s basically Lake J royalty, a legend in the preaching world. He’s just the funniest person ever is all.

I’m barely awake. See y’all tomorrow!


Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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3 thoughts on “#1,650 Chimney Tops + Lake J.

  1. The Chimney Tops picnic area is THE BEST for rock jumping. And that water is always freezing. I faced my fear of heights a couple of years ago and jumped off a big rock into the river and the cold water took my breath away….now I am more afraid of the water than the height of the rock.

    IF you come back across the mountain going home, be sure and stop at Newfound Gap and stand with one foot in NC and one foot in TN….and you can get on the Appalachian Trail right across the parking lot. Great photo spot.

    Hope you have a fun week. Maybe on your next trip I can find you guys!


    • Excellent suggestions! We go through Knoxville and Chattanooga to get home. Does that take us past Newfound Gap?

  2. If you are coming on I-40 then no. It is on Hwy 441 that goes from Gatlinburg over then mountain into Cherokee, NC. It would have been on the way if you continued on Hwy441 from Chimney Tops picnic area.

    If you plan a pit stop in Knoxville, let me know,

    Hope you have a great week…the mountains are good for refreshing the soul.


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