Insane fall foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This incredible forest color was found along the Little River Road in October 2011. The Little River Road starts at the Sugarlands Visitors Center and goes west to Elkmont, Metcalf Bottoms, and ends at the Townsend WYE.
The Henry Whitehead Cabin on Forge Creek Road is one of those places in the Great Smoky Mountains National park that is easily accessible but not visited as often and the other historic structures on the Loop Road in Cades Cove.
It’s always a great place to visit, but Fall brings a special beauty to the homestead that is unrivaled in any other season!
Amazing fall leaves in Wears Valley Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary lies on the ridge of this peak. Everything on the “other” side of the mountain is within the park while everything on “this side ” of the mountain is privately owned.
Either way it is still a beautiful sight on a clear and sunny Autumn day!
When most people use the words “wildlife” and “Great Smoky Mountains National Park” in the same sentence, it is natural to think of black bears. After all, the black bear has been an icon in the park since the days of its inception.
But there is more to wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains than black bears. Nearly every mammal, reptile, and amphibian known in Appalachia lives here. Continue reading →
Chimney Tops with incredible Fall leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Chimneys are one of the most iconic formations in the park and a hike to the summit is a rite of passage for many visitors!
This photo is actually the front side of the Palmer Chapel in Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The original road in the valley was on this side of the church. You can still follow the trace of the early roadway. The Ola post office was located a short way East from this spot.
A black bear climbing a tree in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many park visitors miss bears because they only look at ground level and do not look up into the treetops.
Bears climb trees for protection and to feed on nuts and fruit. This is especially true in Autumn as the bears fatten up for their long winter naps.
Always keep in mind that black bears are wild animals that can easily outrun an adult human. Never approach a bear in the wild, never provoke a bear in the wild and never ever ever feed a bear in the wild. Feeding bears alters their natural proclivities and could lead to behavior that endangers bear and people alike.