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Smoky Mountain National Park

Book must have is the Smoky Mountain Photographer’s Guide by Bill Campbell and Nye Simmons.

Prime Wild flowers is mid to the end of April. Best Places is the road into Greenbrier, Tremont, Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Rich Mountain Road.

Fall Colors Peak in Mid October. Best to try the Newfound Gap Road, Gatlinburg Bypass, Little River Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road.

Newfoundland Gap Road is the main road from Gatlinburg Tennessee and Cherokee North Carolina. Any stream will provide great pictures if you leave the main road and hike into the forest 100 yards. Chimney Tops trail, any pullout will usually be good, Weeping Wall, Morton Overlook, Newfoundland Gap parking area great for sunrises also the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook, Mingus Mill, Mountain Farm Museum. Clingmans Dome great for sunsets right in parking lot.

Little River Road follows the river you can get photos of people inter tubing, cliff diving, Meigs Falls, Laurel Falls one of the parks easiest falls to hike to about 1.5 miles.

Cades Cove – This is one special place. Cades Cove was the home to many pioneer families and the National Park has preserved the historic log homes, barns, gristmill and churches. This valley can be very crowded. I was here the 4th of July weekend and road was packed. Get off the road and hike to the cabins only one or two other people. You must be here in the morning first thing. There is a loop that is about 11 miles, the loop is one way except for Sparks Lane, Hyatt Lane and Forge Creek Road map. The cove is opened from sunrise to sunset. During the summer the loop is closed till 10:00Am to cars on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Places to photograph are John Oliver Place, Primitive Baptist Church, Methodist Church, Missionary Baptist Church, Elijah Oliver Place, Cable Mill Visitor Center, Henry Whitehead Place, Dan Lawson Place, Tipton Place, Carter Shields Cabin. The Methodist Church is the white church that you see in the distance. This photo is taken from the Rich Mountain Road Overlook (one way road out of the cove to Townsend). The most photographed cabin is the Carter Shields place, early in the morning best. There is also wildlife everywhere.

Tremont area is a dead end road that most people never drive up. Great river scenes all along the road. Lynn Camp Prong Falls.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail has some old farm sites, the Noah Bud Ogle Farm, Jim Bales Place, Ephraim Bales Place, Alfred Reagan place, and Tub Mill. There is also the place of a thousand drips.

Greenbrier is another road that has great river scenery.

Cataloochee Area is like Cades Cove without the crowds. You will have to do some hiking and back roads driving to get to it but well worth the effort. Will Messer Barn, Palmer Chapel, Caldwell house, Little Cataloochee Baptist Church, and Hannah Cabin. This area is also great for wildlife, especially the elk.

Nashville Area

Fontana Lake

Hwy. 129 through Deal's Gap is also known as the Tail of the Dragon, there are 318 curves in 11 miles of good quality pavement and drivers love it This is go for shooting action shots of motorcycles and sports cars.

Highlands area it is the highest point western North Carolina. Check out Bridal Veil Falls that falls over the highway and Dry Falls. Horse Cove Valley road you nay find some amythests. Boone, Banner Elk, and Grandfather Mountain for great scenery

Percy-Warner Park

Radnor Lake

Grassmere Nature Center

Nashville Zoo

Cheekwood has a great nature trail that focuses on sculpture instead of flowers

Opryland Hotel gardens

Peak Color: Mid-October in the North to end October in the south.

In the Chattanooga area. Try US 411 south to Chattanooga, US 127 from Chattanooga to Route 8 to Falls Creek State Resort Park.

In the northeast area of the try US 19E around Roan Mountain from Johnson City to Burnsville and State Highway 143 and 67 from Elizabethton to Mountain City.

Also don’t miss Cades Cove.

Wildflowers of Tennessee

Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain, Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Beaman Park, Nashville, Standing Stone State Park, Orchid Walk on the Cumberland Plateau


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