Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

At almost a 10 million visitors a year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more vistors any other national park. The park spans both the Great Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains which in turn are both part of the larger Appalachian Mountains.The park spans both North Carolina near the city of Cherokee and Tennessee near the city of Gatlinburg spaning over 800 square miles in total. In 1983 the park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many streams that run throughout the park and fishing, hiking, camping, and horseback riding can all be enjoyed by visitors to the park.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society, will offer a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, November 17, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the fall sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the Milky Way. In case of rain or cloud cover where night skies are not visible, the program will be cancelled.

Park Reopens Bull Head Trail and Sugarland Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the reopening of Bull Head Trail and Sugarland Mountain Trail on Friday, October 26. Both of these trails extend from the highest peaks in the park to the lower elevations, providing incredible opportunities for hikers to enjoy fall colors over the next few weeks.

Foothills Parkway Opening

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials plan to open the long-awaited section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, TN on Saturday, November 10. The public will be able to experience the entire 16-mile roadway for the first time since construction began in 1966, including the 1.65-mile section known as the ‘Missing Link’ which is now connected by a series of nine bridges.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photos

River in Motion

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River in Motion

River in Motion

Big Creek 2008 11-01 HDR

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Big Creek 2008 11-01 HDR

Autumn Roads - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Autumn Roads - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Amazing fall colors looking down Little River Gorge Road inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This road wanders through the mountains from the Sugarlands Visitors Center to Townsend, TN. It is a magnificent drive...especially in the Autumn season when colors are at their peak!

Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D7200 and combined with Photomatix Pro to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Sunset at Clingman's Dome - GSMNP

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Sunset at Clingman's Dome - GSMNP

Watching the sun set at 6,643 feet above sea level is an amazing experience...seeing the beauty of God's creation and watching nature in action as He intended from the highest mountain in the Smoky Mountains, the highest point in the state of Tennessee, and the highest point along the Appalachian Trail is a sight that I will never forget! Magnificently perfect!!

Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D7200 and combined with Photomatix Pro to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Smoky Mountains Nantahala River flyfisherman 11-02-2018

Jerry's Wild Life posted a photo:

Smoky Mountains Nantahala River flyfisherman 11-02-2018

Took a side trip on our Smoky Mountain trip to check out a section of the Nantahala River which ran parallel with highway. Glad we did since the fall foliage was in full swing along the river. Always nice to capture another point of interest in landscapes, this one a classic flyfisherman along the bank of the Nantahala in all the fall splendor. Great way to spend a day.

Waves

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Waves

trail to John Ownby cabin

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trail to John Ownby cabin

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Appalachian Trail. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Appalachian Trail. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Stunning image from Carol M. Highsmith's monumental Library of Congress Collection. For 38 years Carol has travelled America capturing beautiful moments in time, preserving them for future generations. By donating these images to the Library of Congress she has generously made these images available to the public domain for everyone to enjoy.

We are delighted to bring you our favorites here.

You can view the entire archive at the Library of Congress.

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Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Appalachian Trail. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Appalachian Trail. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Stunning image from Carol M. Highsmith's monumental Library of Congress Collection. For 38 years Carol has travelled America capturing beautiful moments in time, preserving them for future generations. By donating these images to the Library of Congress she has generously made these images available to the public domain for everyone to enjoy.

We are delighted to bring you our favorites here.

You can view the entire archive at the Library of Congress.

You can download the images we have curated and edited : www.rawpixel.com/board/421689/carol-m-highsmiths-america

More information about Carol M. Highsmith: carolhighsmithamerica.com

Tunnel on North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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Tunnel on North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Stunning image from Carol M. Highsmith's monumental Library of Congress Collection. For 38 years Carol has travelled America capturing beautiful moments in time, preserving them for future generations. By donating these images to the Library of Congress she has generously made these images available to the public domain for everyone to enjoy.

We are delighted to bring you our favorites here.

You can view the entire archive at the Library of Congress.

You can download the images we have curated and edited : www.rawpixel.com/board/421689/carol-m-highsmiths-america

More information about Carol M. Highsmith: carolhighsmithamerica.com

The Sinks - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Sinks - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Sinks area of the Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most picturesque spots along the Little River Road scenic drive. This area, which is 12 miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center, offers visitors the chance to see Mother Nature at her finest!

The Sinks formed where a beautiful mountain river makes an S-turn creating natural pools that are outlined on both sides by humongous river boulders. The crystal clear water, natural pools, and waterfall make this an excellent spot to get out of the car and stretch your legs.

Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D7200 and combined with Photomatix Pro to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

golden mountains

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golden mountains

3018ex "Road to Nowhere" vista--pano

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3018ex "Road to Nowhere" vista--pano

Another shot from our preview hike along the "Road to Nowhere" , a section of the Foothills Parkway that opened to traffic a couple of days later. This is above Townsend Tennessee, looking south into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This road was in the planning/ construction for nearly 40 years, as it ran into lots of engineering and funding issues. The original vision was to "ring" all of the communities that lie just north of the Smokies to connect them. Portions of the southwest and eastern road have been completed, but there are long stretches that have never been begun.

Cades Cove Tennessee | Great Smoky Mountains National Park | black bear | bear | Judy Royal Glenn Photography

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Cades Cove Tennessee | Great Smoky Mountains National Park | black bear | bear | Judy Royal Glenn Photography

“Long-legged Rascal”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I was all alone at the time when I came upon a black yearling bear on Sparks Lane in Cades Cove. It was August, so he hadn’t been on his own for too long.

There seemed to be a sadness in his eyes. The loving, fun times with his siblings and mom are probably still fresh in his mind.

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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“The Tree” in Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. | Judy Royal Glenn Photography

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“The Tree” in Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. | Judy Royal Glenn Photography

“The Tree”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

This oak tree has its own name in Cades Cove, Tennessee. It’s called, “The Tree.” It stands majestically in an open field and is a favorite for photographers.

This particular day was neat as snow fell the first day of spring and dusted the mountains and fields.

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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streamside beauty

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streamside beauty

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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3481ex the Heart of the Smokies

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3481ex the Heart of the Smokies

Mountain streams, rushing waters, and cool crisp forest all around-- the wonders of the Smokies in autumn.

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The Bunion is just around the corner

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The Bunion is just around the corner

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View from the Top

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View from the Top

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Frosty Cove

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Frosty Cove

A textured version of a frosty morning in Cades Cove, GSMNP.