Smoky Mountain stream in Autumn
A rushing Smoky Mountain stream glowing in Autumn with light filtered through glowing leaves.
Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park amid brilliant fall foliage. This structure is set for renovation. If you are interested in helping contact the Great Smoky Mountains Association.
This small waterfall is actually the remnants of a splash dam constructed during the logging days in the Tremont section of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Splash dams such as this one on Lynn Camp prong held logs in a large pool of water. When the pool was full the dam would be open to let the logs flow on a flash flood down the mountain. Unfortunately, this practice had a lot of negative consequences both on the environment and people downstream that were not aware that millions of gallons of water and thousands of tons of logs were heading straight for them.
Beams of light illuminate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this iconic film photograph from the early 1990s. It’s hard to believe that was nearly 25 years ago. Digital photography has change the way that we take pictures in the mountains, but the mountains themselves remain as resolute guardians of the past.
Cataloochee is one of those places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that takes a little extra effort to get there, but once you do for the first time it is a place that you will return to again and again.
Like Cades Cove in Tennessee, Cataloochee in North Carolina offers wildlife viewing opportunities combine with the relics of recent anthropology of human settlers in the area. Although many structures were razed at the time the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, some were preserved as a testament to the people that once called this valley home. Continue reading