We hiked 17.2 miles to Spence Field Shelter. Today was our first day in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We started our hike by crossing Fontana Dam and entered into the park. Our first climb was was a steep one with a lot of thick fog. Our stay at the Fontana Hilton rejuvenated us and we were able to complete 11 miles by lunch. We completed the final 6.2 miles to Spence Field by dinner.