Rain and fog obscured broad views from atop the Smoky Mountains, so I decided to make frequently stops along the road, in search of less common shots. Here’s one which I found – under the road – which includes post processing adjustments. See more.
From the bright sun into the cool shade, water races downstream around rocks in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Tremont.
Patches of fog cling to the forest in this Smoky Mountains landscape, as photographed from a scenic overlook. See more.
Standing only 12-feet tall, Cliff Branch Falls can be enjoyed by visitors driving through the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. But don’t blink, though, or you might miss it – the falls are located along the edge of US-441. No trail. No hiking. There is, however, a small area to park – so, bring a lunch & enjoy the great outdoors!
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Driving along Little River Gorge Road in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I observed this small waterfall. If you enjoy this scenery, you can visit my shop for wall art, home decor, lifestyle, stationary, phone cases, beach, coffee mugs, face masks and apparel items.
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What I liked about this scene was the visual continuity between a hillside cascade, rapids in the river flowing right, and a foreground reflection. Prints and more are available in my gallery – come see!
Photograph of water rushing over rocks in the Little River, located near Townsend, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains. See more.
Enjoy photography of the Smoky Mountains with fog in the valley – at Cades Cove, in Tennessee. Prints available. Thanks for visiting!
This photograph of morning fog in the valley was taken at Cades Cove, near Townsend, Tennessee. Prints available.
I recently had the opportunity to hike a moderately difficult trail of 5 miles out and back, to the picturesque Abrams Falls, a 20-foot tall and voluminous waterfall located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at Cades Cove, Tennessee.
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies.National Park Service
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An 11-mile drive through Cades Cove is filled with historic sites from pioneers who settled the area, as well as stunning panoramic landscape views. Hikers should turn right at the #10 marker, following a gravel road to the trailhead for Abrams Falls. Despite the sign posted (above), there are restrooms in the parking area.
For the most part, the trail follows Abrams Creek, providing a soothing sound of running water to enjoy during ones hike. There are several changes in elevation along the way, and the trail can be quite rocky in areas – and, sometimes muddy. This is a popular trail which can become crowded, so it’s best to arrive early. And, don’t forget to bring water!
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Layers of fog settle in the valley across a meadow, as morning sunlight warms upper ridges in the Smoky Mountains. Photographed at Cades Cove, Tennessee. See more.
This Smoky Mountains landscape photograph features a foggy morning at Cades Cove, near Townsend, Tennessee. See more.
Following a decent rain over the previous fews days, I embarked on a short road trip from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the Smoky Mountains. Naturally, the water was high in Little River, and I enjoyed seeing several small waterfalls along the scenic drive – see more…
Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee along the Little River, a scenic waterfall known as The Sinks is an easy-access sightseeing destination for visitors of all ages. From your vehicle in the parking area, it’s only a 50-foot walk to a viewing platform! Here are some photographs I’ve made available as prints in my gallery at Pixels…
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Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee near Gatlinburg, the trail to Rainbow Falls (80 feet) ascends the northern slopes of Mount LeConte (6,593 feet). Despite being rated as a difficult hike, the 2.75 mile trail to the falls is heavily trafficked with a constant incline over sometimes rugged terrain. With many switchbacks, it has an elevation gain of 1,653 feet and is one of six separate routes up the mountain. During warm weather, hikers should consider arriving early to secure a parking space, as the lot fills quickly.
If hiking during winter months, come prepared with proper clothing – the falls are above the frost line and temperatures can be quite cold. Here’s a photograph from my hike in March, 2019:
Fortunately, the weather was wonderful during my recent visit, as evident in the following scenes…
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Here’s a video of Rainbow Falls…