Black Bear cub in Cades Cove

Black Bear cub in Cades Cove

A black bear cub forages in Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Black bears are excellent climbers and many park visitors miss seeing bears because they don’t look up. It is not uncommon to see smaller cubs in the highest branches of an oak or walnut tree shaking down nuts for easier eating!

Beautiful clear green waters of Big Creek

Beautiful clear green waters of Big Creek

The clear glistening waters of Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park often display a shimmering green color. Is this the result of the angle of the sunlight or perhaps due to the mineral content of the water? I don’t know the answer, but it sure creates a delightful and unique attribute of this incredible mountain stream.

The Big Creek Trail is an easy walk up an old road and railroad grade. Popular spots along the way include Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls!

 

Great Smoky Mountains Roaring Fork Autumn

Great Smoky Mountains Roaring Fork Autumn

The Roaring Fork splashes down into Gatlinburg TN. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is popular with visitors in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In addition to frequent wildlife sightings, historic structures and numerous trail heads the road’s namesake watercourse provides a beautiful glimpse into the ancient structure of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Autumn leaves frame the Chimney Tops

Autumn leaves frame the Chimney Tops

Autumn leaves frame the Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Chimney Tops are the most recognizable peaks in the park, and are featured on many postcards and park promotional materials.

Cataloochee Creek Great Smoky Mountains

Cataloochee Creek Great Smoky Mountains

Cataloochee Creek in the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bull Elk pursues a cow in Cataloochee

Bull Elk pursues a cow in Cataloochee

A bull elk in the rut pursues a cow in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once confined to Cataloochee, elk can be seen roaming in Smokemont, the Qualla Boundary, and Maggie Valley.

Fall Foliage Great Smoky Mountains

Fall Foliage Great Smoky Mountains

Outstanding Fall foliage in the high elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in mid-October 2015.

Visitors flock to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every October to see the fabulous display of Autumn leaf color. There is something about the fleeting nature of the peak hues that make searching for the best colors an adventure of discovery!

Midnight Hole along the Big Creek Trail

Midnight Hole along the Big Creek Trail

Midnight Hole accented by Autumn leaves along the Big Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Small waterfall on Big Creek

Small waterfall on Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Big Creek is aptly named as it carries a lot of water and crashes down over rock and shoal to create a wonderful backdrop for anyone hiking the Big Creek Trail!

Fall leaf color on the Newfound Gap Road

Fall leaf color on the Newfound Gap Road

Colorful Fall foliage along the Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Little River Railroad Museum Townsend TN

Little River Railroad Museum Townsend TN

A Shay gear-driven locomotive at the Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend Tennessee. This standard gauge engine once hauled logs out of the Little River Basin in what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls along the Big Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.