Cabin At Cades Cove

Prints available. Over the rail, across the porch, into a room and out through a window. This vintage wooden structure is a cabin once used by European settlers of Cades Cove, a now historic tourist destination, located near Townsend, Tennessee, in the Smokies.

Frozen Fence At Cades Cove

Prints available. Obviously, it was below freezing during my recent visit to Cades Cove, a popular tourist attraction in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This harsh weather, however, kept people away and I was able to enjoy the 11-mile scenic drive at a slow pace, often stopping in the road to take photographs from the comfort of my heated vehicle – as seen here.

Indian Flats Falls

Prints available. Indian Flats Falls is located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, standing 60-feet tall and with four tiers. It’s an eight mile out and back hike which is well worth the effort. Thanks for visiting!

Sunrise Scenes

These photographs were taken from a scenic overlook along Foothills Parkway, near Wears Valley, Tennessee, and feature sunrise scenes over the Smoky Mountains. Prints.

Sunlight Streams On Waterfall

Morning sunlight streams through the forest and a lifting fog, reflecting on Indian Flats Falls, a four-tiered waterfall in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This photograph is available in my gallery and would make a wonderful addition for your home. Thanks!

Indian Flats Falls

Located in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Indian Flats Falls features a four-tiered series of waterfalls, totaling 60-feet in height. Prints available.

Lower Lynn Camp Falls

Located along the Middle Prong Trail in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee, the 35-foot Lower Lynn Camp Falls is an easy 1/2 mile hike which parallels Lynn Camp Prong.

Turning on Tremont Road, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is 2.2 miles, left at the stop sign. It has a restroom and a small gift shop (maps, t-shirts, hats, etc.). This is where you would park if hiking to Spruce Flats Falls. Continue another 3.1 miles along a gravel road to reach the trailhead.

The Middle Prong Trail was originally a railroad bed used by the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company, based in Townsend, Tennessee, which was one of the largest commercial logging operations in southern Appalachia, in operation for 38 years until 1939, with 150 miles of railroad. Visitors can find more information available at the Little River Railroad Museum web site.

Immediately after crossing the river on a footbridge, the trail forks – stay to the left to follow the river, and watch for horse droppings (equestrians allowed). Depending upon what you have planned for the day, you might consider hiking 4.1 miles on the same trail to visit Indian Flats Falls.

Photography

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Indian Flats Falls

Located in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, the Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls is 8.2 miles out and back.

Driving 3 miles beyond the Tremont Institute, which features a small gift shop and restroom, the gravel road dead ends at a parking area by the trailhead. Crossing a footbridge over the river, the trail forks to the left and parallels Lynn Camp Prong.

Hikers will enjoy the sound of running water over the course of a 1140-foot elevation gain en route to Indian Flats Falls. At approx. 1/2 mile, the impressive 35-foot tall Lynn Camp Falls can be viewed from the trail.

History

The Middle Prong Trail was originally a railroad bed used by the Little River Railroad & Lumber Company, based in Townsend, Tennessee, which was one of the largest commercial logging operations in southern Appalachia, operating for 38 years until 1939, with 150 miles of railroad. Visitors can find more information available at the Little River Railroad Museum.

Along the way, hikers will observe vestiges from that era, including limited glimpses of railroad tracks and other steel remnants, a toppled chimney and an abandoned 1920’s Cadillac taxi. Other encounters may include horses – equestrians allowed, so watch your step – and bears, common to the area.

The Hike

Over the course of the trail, hikers should expect an increase in grade and quantity of scattered small-to-medium sized rocks. There are two bridges to cross, as well as two small creek beds, easily traversed by stepping on rocks to keep dry.

After hiking 4 miles up a mountainside, one might expect to see a sign pointing to Indian Flats Falls. Alas, there are no signs. Instead, following several turns and an increase in elevation, the path broadens substantially at a switchback. Rather than continuing left, hikers will see a path to the right, tucked behind a large bush near a rock face. Turning right is a short, moderately difficult path over some rocks and under a few downed trees – then, the falls!

The Falls

Emerging from the path, visitors are greeted with a wonderful view of the 20-foot tall top section of Indian Flats Falls. There is plenty of room for several people to gather, though hikers should remain weary of slippery conditions on what would otherwise appear as flat rock surfaces.

This waterfall actually has four-tiers, for a total height of 60-feet, though access to these lower areas isn’t easy, requiring one to get dirty foraging through the brush, descending shallow rock ledges, and wading knee-deep through a plunge pool at the base.

If you’re prepared to sustain a few scratches and get muddy, the views are definitely worth the effort.

Photographs

Fine quality prints are available in my gallery at Fine Art America.

The following photography presents Indian Flats Falls, top-down:


If you enjoy the great outdoors, then I’d highly recommend the hike to Indian Flats Falls. And, plan to spend more time than you might otherwise expect, as you’ll often find yourself stopping to enjoy scenery along the river.

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Hiking Spruce Flats Falls

Located in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cades Cove in Tennessee, the scenic Spruce Flats Falls stands 30-feet tall and can be enjoyed by hiking a moderately difficult trail measuring two miles out and back.

There are several changes in elevation and rocky areas to traverse along the well-marked trail, so good hiking shoes are a must. Bears are sometimes present, though less so than crowds of people – it’s a popular spot to visit, so arrive early if you’d like to enjoy the area in a tranquil setting.

Presently, due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the park office and restroom remain closed. So too is the parking area, though a gravel lot directly across the bridge is convenient. Also, the plunge pool beneath the falls provides a nice spot to cool off – great for kids!

Prints

If you’d be interested in a print for your home or office, you can visit my gallery to purchase any of the following photographs. Each product is manufactured at one of 16 global production facilities and delivered “ready-to-hang” with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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