The Brook that Carved the Ravine

The brook that carved the ravine
Photo 11 of 25: The brook that carved the ravine
Taken 2007 August 10 from the Cape Smokey Trail at the foot bridge beside the Cabot Trail
GPS 46°35.9??'N 60°22.9??'W

As already mentioned, the main trail circles the ravine seen in the previous photo to avoid having to descend into it, coming into close proximity with the Cabot Trail (one can see and hear the cars at this point). Nine minutes from the parking lot (skipping the side trail to the first look-off), one reaches a railed foot bridge which crosses the brook one sees here; this photo was taken from this bridge. A bench is also found here (and at several other strategic points along the trail, as well as at all of the look-offs), for which I was quite grateful on the return trip, as the trail from the second look-off to this point involves a climb that left me puffing.

The brook this day was quietly gurgling as it spilled over the rocks and stones in its bed on its way down into the ravine. In spite of all the rain in the summer of 2007, it was surprisingly not much more than a trickle. However, its bed is wide enough to require a foot-bridge, so I assume that sometimes there is considerably more water in the brook.