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Mount LeConte

The tallest mountain located entirely within the state of Tennessee – near Gatlinburg – Mount LeConte stands an impressive 6593-feet above sea level and provides hikers with stunning panoramic scenery of the Smoky Mountains.

Clingmans Dome (at 6664-feet, the tallest peak in the Smoky Mountains National Park) and Mount Guyot (6621-feet) each have higher elevations, though both occupy boundaries within Tennessee and North Carolina.

There are five trails to the summit of Mount LeConte. This hike – my second – began at the Alum Cave Trailhead, located approx. 8 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, along Newfound Gap Road. During the initial 1.5 miles, the trail parallels two creeks – Alum Cave Creek & Styx Branch – providing visitors with pleasant background sounds of running water.

Shout Out: I enjoyed conversation at Myrtle Point with two visitors from Maryland (Kathy) & Virginia (Gayle), and hiking back down the mountain with a nice woman – Shawnie – from Dayton, TN. Nice to meet you!

One can expect to meet many people along the trail – it’s a popular place to hike, with most folks opting to walk 1/2 the distance, stopping at Alum Cave Bluffs (an area originally mined for deposits of magnesium sulfate & alum in 1838, by the Epsom Salts Manufacturing Company).

Other landmarks include Arch Rock (a long stairway which winds through the mountainside), Inspiration Point, and the Eye of The Needle. This area is also home to Peregrine Falcons – the fastest bird in the world, with a top recorded speed (during descent) of 242 miles per hour. And, the trail is equipped with several different steel cables, affixed to the mountainside for safety.

The Top

Hikers are greeted at the top of the mountain with a series of buildings – LeConte Lodge, cabins, gift shop, fresh water pump & an outhouse.

LeConte Lodge operates via a seasonal airlift of supplies by helicopter in March, restocking throughout the season using alternating teams of pack llamas for several days each week. Cabin availability is limited and reservations should be made one year in advance.

Cliff Tops

Located a short 0.2 miles away from LeConte Lodge, Cliff Tops is one of two primary overlooks enjoyed by visiting hikers. It’s a great place to relax with a snack and take in the view!

My next destination was the eastern most edge on top of Mount LeConte; also known as Myrtle Point. Here are a few photographs taken en route…

Myrtle Point

This is my favorite of the two overlooks. It has a more expansive, panoramic view, and much flatter rock surfaces for comfortable seating. Mountain views include Mount Kephart, Newfound Gap, Charlies Bunion and Clingmans Dome.

Conclusion

Including visits to/from the Cliff Tops & Myrtle Point overlooks, I tallied over 12 miles on the hike along the Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte. It’s the shortest route, but, being the steepest trail, a strenuous endeavor. My advice is to be well-rested, bring appropriate clothing but travel as lightly as practical, take a break if fatigued, stay hydrated, use trekking poles when possible, and watch your step. Oh, and take pictures!

Photography

Fine quality prints are available through my galleries at Fine Art America & Pixels. Select between framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, acrylic, wood and/or tapestry. Customization options, also.

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Nature Photography

Sunrise In The Blue Ridge Mountains

I shot this photograph at a scenic overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in North Carolina. If you’d be interested in a print for your home or office, you can discover several options available in my gallery at Fine Art America. Thanks for stopping by!

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Nature Photography

Forest Cascades

Located at the Fall Creek Falls State Park, near Spencer, Tennessee, Paw Paw Creek is a small waterway tucked away in the forest, off the beaten trail. These beautiful forest cascades would also look wonderful in your home – so, have a look at prints available in my shop at Fine Art America. A nice accent for a wall in an office, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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Rushing Water At Richland Creek

Enjoy the beauty of nature in this photograph featuring rushing water with moss-covered rocks. This is Richland Creek, located on the Cumberland Plateau in Dayton, Tennessee, which flows along the Laurel-Snow Trail. Prints available.

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Little River Rapids

Black and white close-up photograph of white water rapids racing downstream. This is the Little River, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It’s also available on prints for your home or office. See more at ArtPal.

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Black And White Waterfall

Morning sunlight streams through a gorge, illuminating Eagle Falls, along the Cumberland River in Kentucky. Prints available.

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Nature Science Fiction

Landscape of Seven Eggs

Fog blankets the horizon of this mountainous, desert landscape, with seven eggs. Discover prints and more featuring this cool, mysterious science fiction digital artwork, available in my galleries at Society 6 and Pixels. Hope to see you soon!

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Nature Photography

Return To Eagle Falls

Located a short distance across the Cumberland River in McCreary County, Kentucky, the 3 mile out and back trail to Eagle Falls is both challenging and rewarding.

If planning to visit on the weekend, make sure to arrive early, as parking is limited to approximately 15 spaces. There are no restrooms or water fountains on the trail, though you will encounter some excellent views of Cumberland Falls, from points both elevated and at water level.

Prints Available

If you’d be interested in a print of any kind, visit my gallery at Pixels. There you’ll discover the following photographs, as well as other shots from previous visits to the 30-foot tall Eagle Falls.

Select from the following print types: framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestries. Museum quality products manufactured from premium materials with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Several other items are also available. Hope to see you soon. Thanks!

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Morning In The Blue Ridge Mountains

This black and white landscape features the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I took this photograph at a scenic overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Prints are available through Fine Art America.

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Rocks And Water

Follow the water falling over rocks in cascades, flowing with gravity from Meigs Falls downstream towards Little River. Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, many fine prints are available in my gallery to enjoy in your home, office, lobby or cafeteria setting.

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Paine Creek Falls

Despite low water levels, this photograph of a waterfall along Paine Creek – on the Cumberland Plateau, near Dayton, Tennessee – would look great on a wall in your home. Visit my gallery at Fine Art America today and review a variety of print types available. Thanks!

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Looking Glass Rock

In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the Pisgah National Forest is home to Looking Glass Rock – known in geological terms as a Pluton Monolith.

Taken from different scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, prints of these photographs are available in my gallery.

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