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Spruce-Fir Self-Guiding Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This 0.5-mile nature trail wanders the whispering lush evergreens of a Canadian zone forest. It also showcases a microcosm of the environmental factors that are destroying the world’s high-elevation woodlands.
The ultimate irony may be that even as we argue the causes of global warming, these northern forests, so dependent for survival on the South’s coldest climate, are being killed by simple air pollution. That same pollution can make hiking a little harder on hazy days, and the park indeed issues pollution alerts. There’s no better place in the Smokies to experience the unfolding tragedy of what we’re doing to our planet."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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