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Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail . photo: Bruce Tuten / Flickr
Laurel Falls near Dennis Cove, Tennessee. [photo: fPat Murray / Flickr]
Clingman’s Dome is the highest point (6,643 feet) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along the walkway from the parking lot to the observation deck there are large patches of blooming bee balm during the month of August. Amongst these blooms, large numbers butterflies feed and create a colorful contrast to the foliage and blooms. [photo: Raymond Gobis / Flickr]
photo: Tim Hamilton / Flickr
[photo: Curtis Martino / Flickr]
A view from Hawk Rock on the Appalachian Trail near Duncannon, Pa.
Cascades on a small, spring-fed stream along the Katellen Trail, Northampton County. The one-mile, blue-blazed Katellen Trail (named for the village of Katellen, where the trail begins) ascends the south slope of Blue Mountain before joining the white-blazed Appalachian Trail at the summit. [photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr]
[photo: Rand Snyder / Flickr]
[photo: Radcliffe Dacanay / Flickr]
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