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    Posted: 15 August 2017 at 21:50
Folks, I'm heading out to Smokey mountain national park on short notice, to camp out for the weekend. Would love to hear your recommendations for photo spots, time of day, trails, and other tips on who to maximize my photographic return from the trip.

I'm open to driving outside the park too, maybe blue Ridge parkway?

I'm trying to get the iconic rolling ranges with fog at sunrise/set and some textured detail shots too. I'm thinking I'll save mornings and evenings for the landscape shots and day time for trails and detail images.

Would love your thoughts.


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I had alot of fun wandering along Skyline Drive starting at the more northern end and heading south on one of my trips down to FL. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenwales/albums/72157622469174768

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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 August 2017 at 23:34
Good luck finding a spot, that whole area will be overflowing as the total eclipse is crossing there Monday. If you're only going for what you stated your plans were and not planning on staying to see the eclipse I'd suggest to postpone this trip for a week. They've been predicting traffic jams but I thought they meant like Sunday and Monday, I'm going and have a room booked in Knoxville for Sunday night but they're already reporting on higher traffic now with a lot of slowdowns.
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A book(s) could be written on the subject of photo locations in the park (many guide books have been written). I have visited many times but never in the summer - reported to be crazy busy and congested so be prepared. Over the years I have now confined myself to the Tennessee side and more specifically the Townsend area. These are my favorite locations - below. I might add Tremont to the list as well but requires a bit more scrambling to get stream shots but near the end of the road can be spectacular depending on water flow. Again, I have never been in the summer, only spring and winter where water flow anywhere in the park has been fine.

Sunrise location (Foothills Parkway) - there are paved parking areas along the parkway. The image below was taken at the first pull-out going east. I have no idea if weather conditions in summer produce fog.

Cades Cove (next two images) - iconic photo location where you will find tree lined dirt roads, old structures (many), some wildlife (bears, deer), etc. Busy always with a one way loop road but be sure to cross the two two-way roads joining either side of the loop

Roaring Fork - Always very busy because this one way loop road begins in Gatlinburg. A variety of opportunities with a number of old structures, small stream, woodlands, etc.

Greenbriar - If you like a nearly endless variety of stream shots, this is the place. Much less visited. Just pull off anywhere along the road and scramble down to the stream for shots like the first below. Proceed to the end (second image) for a great location of two streams coming together and the beginning of two trails, both of which are special to me.

Edited by Roger Rex - 16 August 2017 at 09:23
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