Oconaluftee River Small Waterfall

Oconaluftee River Small Waterfall

Small but pretty waterfall on the Oconaluftee River

Balsam Mountain Asters

Balsam Mountains Asters

Balsam Mountain Asters in the Heintooga region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown

Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown

The Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown were owned by vacationers from nearby Knoxville before the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While many have fallen into ruin a select few are maintained by the park service.

Palmer House in Cataloochee

Palmer House in Cataloochee

The Palmer House in Cataloochee is a preserved farmstead with a mini-visitors center attached.

Cataloochee Entrance Great Smoky Mountains

Cataloochee Entrance Great Smoky Mountains

The Cataloochee Entrance to the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the peak of the Cataloochee Divide. Getting there requires an adventurous drive up Cove Creek Road as it narrows and twists up the mountain.

Shaconage Place of Blue Smoke

Shaconage Place of the Blue Smoke

Shaconage Place of the Blue Smoke Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Shaconage Place of Blue Smoke

The Cherokee called the Great Smoky Mountains “Shaconage” which roughly translates to the Place of Blue Smoke. And if one visits there the translation immediately becomes crystal clear,even if the extended view from the overlook is not! Continue reading

Rainbow Falls Great Smoky Mountains

Rainbow Falls Great Smoky Mountains

Rainbow Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the highlight feature of the Rainbow Falls Trail which starts in the Cherokee Orchard area and climbs to the top of Mount LeConte.

Elk Cow Palmer Chapel Cataloochee

Elk Cow Palmer Chapel Cataloochee

This elk cow is browsing near the Palmer Chapel in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cataloochee is an excellent spot for viewing elk and other wildlife. In addition, there are several historic structures to explore.

Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains Part 2

Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains Part 2

Black Bear near Roaring Fork Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Black Bear near Roaring Fork

I was reading some reviews about black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and was surprised to learn that many people come to the Park EXPECTING to see a bear. In many cases these reviewers were disappointed.

It occurred to me that there may be an information gap regarding the somewhat large bear population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the actual likelihood that a park visitor will actually see a black bear. Continue reading

Dan Lawson Place Cades Cove

Dan Lawson Place Cades Cove

Dan Lawson Place in Cades Cove late Spring in a photo by Richard Weisser and SmokyPhotos

Dan Lawson Place in Fall!

Cabin Flats Backcountry Campsite 49

Cabin Flats Backcountry Campsite 49

The Cabin Flats Backcountry Campsite 49 can accommodate up to twelve campers and eight horses. It can be reached from Smokemont  via the Bradley Fork and Cabin Flats Trail.

Deer at John Oliver Cabin Cades Cove

Deer at John Oliver Cabin Cades Cove

A Deer at the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.