What we didn't know was that the loop took us to the summit of the mountain! Easy? ? ?
We had to make a slight detour around an unwelcome inhabitant.
Further along the crest of the mountain we came to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. Very impressive view.
Because of our close encounter with the rattler we left the trail when the paved road suddenly appeared next to it and followed the road back down to our car.
After leaving the park we took a scenic route back to the RV resort. Along the way we discovered Highlands, NC which is a small artsy crafty town hidden among the mountain tops. I think you'd probably need some serious cash in your pocket to live there!