Oleno State Park aka River Rise State Park

Got off work a few minutes early and decided to use whatever daylight was left to go for a quick hike in Oleno State Park with Whitney.  We took the suspension bridge across the river and hiked the obvious trail (not sure if it has a name).  After walking about 1/4 mile beside the river, we encountered several deer having their afternoon meal.  Each time I head to Oleno, I see deer, but with the brush, it’s often hard to get a decent shot at one, always sticks and trees in the way.

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Cades Cove

No sleeping in today– we had heard about deer viewing in Cades Cove so we got there early and headed down the dirt road that runs through the park, stopping only along the areas where we thought we might see wildlife.  Later during the day we went back and took photos and looked around the old preserved buildings, but those don’t interest me a whole lot.  We saw several deer along the way, but surprisingly enough, the best shot I got was right near the visitor center where 3 deer were grazing right out in the open!