Big Creek Fall color reflections

Big Creek Fall color reflections

Colorful fall leaves reflected in the moving waters of Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Colorful Fall foliage covers the Chimney Tops

Colorful Fall foliage covers the Chimney Tops

Fantastic Fall foliage covers the Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fall leaf color appears first in the high elevations in early October and then works its way down the slopes into the valleys by the first week of November.

Campbell Overlook view of Mt. Leconte

Campbell Overlook view of Mt. Leconte

The view of Mt. Leconte from the Campbell Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Midnight Hole Big Creek Smoky Mountains

Midnight Hole Big Creek Smoky Mountains

Midnight Hole is a popular destination along the Big Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cold waters of this natural pool is often tested by waders and swimmers during the hot summer months.

Fall leaf color on Sugarland Mountain

Fall leaf color on Sugarland Mountain

Beautiful Fall leaf color high up on Sugarland Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Smoky Mountain Autumn leaves

Smoky Mountain Autumn leaves

Brilliant Autumn leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Towstring area of the Newfound Gap Road.

Evening Fall leaves Great Smoky Mountains

Evening Fall leaves Great Smoky Mountains

The early evening sunlight can only reach the higher slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, exposing some nice leaf color on the mountainside!

Chimney Tops Fall leaves Smoky Mountains

Chimney Tops Fall leaves Smoky Mountains

The famous Chimney Tops with bright Fall leaves in the foreground. The Chimneys are the most recognizable peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Parson Branch Road Small Waterfall

Parson Branch Road Small Waterfall

Small waterfall on Parson Branch in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near the terminus of the road at U.S. Highway 129.

Road Prong Great Smoky Mountains

Road Prong Great Smoky Mountains

The Road Prong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is named for its proximity to the first road over the main crest of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Road was steep, rocky, and difficult to navigate. Today, the Road Prong Trail traces the route of this historic trace.

The Road Prong Trail, though short, is strenuous and requires fording many creek crossings. Not recommended for hikers with limited experience.

Abandoned Cadillac Middle Prong Trail Tremont

Abandoned Cadillac Middle Prong Trail Tremont

This Cadillac was abandoned in this place along the Middle Prong Trail in Tremont by CCC workers during construction of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I took this photograph over twenty years ago. Time has marched on and much least remains of the car today.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 43

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 43

Incredible transparency shot in the early 1990s featuring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.