Cataract Falls Great Smoky Mountains

Cataract Falls Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a short walk from the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Turkeys in Cataloochee

Turkeys in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cades Cove Black Bear

Cades Cove Black Bear

A young black bear forages for food in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church

Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church

Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a popular draw for mountain history aficionados.

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Smoky Mountains Ghost Appearance

Smoky Mountains Ghost

Photo of a Smoky Mountains Ghost
Photo of a Smoky Mountains Ghost

On a routine shoot in 2011 I was taking photos at Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Nothing really stood out to me at the time. I take a lot of photos and this one did not stand out to me at the time.

Fast forward to 2015 and the launch of the new SmokyPhotos. As I began going through images both old and new with a very critical eye, I noticed a strange anomaly in this photo that I took at Laurel Falls. Continue reading

Little Cataloochee Trail Smoky Mountains

The Little Cataloochee Trail in the great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a look at a different time and place in history.

Getting there requires a little extra time and effort but this trail offers so much that it is worth the trouble.

Hiking the Kephart Prong Trail

Kephart Prong Trail
Kephart Prong Trail

The Kephart Prong Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a popular hiking destination for those seeking a gentle walk with plenty of interesting features. Few trails in the park offer as much in such a short span as the Kephart Prong Trail. Continue reading

Cades Cove Snow Whiteout

Cades Cove Snow.

Blowing snow and bracing winds cause a near whiteout in Cades Cove on February 21, 2015. Snow is not uncommon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but bitter cold in the lower elevations can cause even the most hardy visitor to rethink long walks!

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Andrews Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains

Andrews Bald Azaleas in Bloom
Andrews Bald with Azaleas in Bloom

Andrews Bald is a popular destination in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And for good reason:

The bald offers wonderful mountain views, brilliant Fall foliage, and lots of blooming shrubs in early Summer. The Azaleas and Rhododendron can really provide an incredible showy display when in peak bloom. The open meadow is large and allows views in many directions of mountain peaks and deep valleys. Continue reading

Newfound Gap Road Washout 2013

Newfound Gap Road Washout

This apparent valley is the result of a washout on the Newfound Gap Road in 2013. Although this natural occurrence caused the road to be closed for several months the resulting opening offers a brand new view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the United States, with more than ten million visitors a year.

There are several good reasons for this popularity. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve and offers as diverse a variety of flora and fauna as any other place on Earth. Continue reading

Little River above The Sinks

The Little River flows from the high elevations above Elkmont and winds through the Park to Townsend Tennessee.

The river drops into a deep hole called The Sinks. This photo depicts the Little River as it crashes towards the bridge on the Little River Road and The Sinks.