Phil Perkins Photography

Tag: Cades Cove

  • Spruce Flats Falls

    After sitting a spell to enjoy a peaceful setting at the base of Spruce Flats Falls, I decided to hike downstream to see what I could find. During summer months, the water is generally lower than otherwise, allowing one to more easily traverse the rock-lined waterway of Spruce Flats Branch. Nevertheless, there are several areas which remain difficult to safely navigate, and it’s important to be mindful of potential hazards.

    Of course, damp rocks are slippery, as is moss (which is everywhere), and each should be approached with caution. Worse yet, though, are rocks which appear dry yet have a thin, slippery film under a fine layer of dirt. Other rocks, some of significant size and weight, defy ones perception of stability, unexpectedly shifting underfoot, posing a risk of falling or injuring an ankle. The same holds true for downed timber. It’s important to always test whether or not a log can support ones weight, if that is the purpose applied for passage. Again, even the largest log can give way and pose real danger.

    At a few points, I had to climb up and out of the creek bed, making my way across steep and narrow surfaces, before descending again back to the water below. In such situations, trekking poles are critical and serve to provide needed support for both weight and balance. It’s also wise to be aware of surrounding handholds (hearty plants, small trees or exposed roots) on hillsides, should the need exist.

    The final stretch of this creekside adventure entailed descending a 15-foot rock face, strewn with logs and quite slippery in some areas. This waterfall is named Honey Cove Falls, and is visible from along a dirt road in Tremont, across Middle Prong Little River. Following consumption of water and a protein bar, I relaxed to enjoy the natural beauty of this area, thereafter pondering… what next? Do I retrace my steps up the mountain to Spruce Flats Falls, expending a great deal of time and energy in so doing, such that I may then hike out along the trail from which I entered the forest? Or, given a seasonal deficiency of water, is it possible to safely wade across Middle Prong Little River, in order to follow the road back to my parked vehicle?

    I opted for the latter, very cautiously wading through over 2-feet deep flowing water, across a river bed of very slippery stones. Even here, caution is critical to avoid injury, as ones feet can slip and become wedged between rocks.

    All told, I had a great hike and enjoyed many sights which are not often seen. Being mindful and with a deep respect of the danger inherent in nature, such hikes aren’t overly difficult. However, without deliberation, it can be very easy to have a bad day.

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  • Spruce Flats Falls

    Standing 30-feet tall, Spruce Flats Falls can be enjoyed on a moderately difficult two mile out and back hike in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. And, you can enjoy this waterfall scenery in your home on a print, as well, when you visit any of the following galleries: Pixels, Society 6 and ArtPal.


    Here’s another view of the waterfall, photographed while standing on rocks in the middle of Spruce Flats Branch. The water-level was low during my visit, so I was able to fully explore downstream…more on that another time. You can find prints in my galleries at Pixels, ArtPal and Redbubble.


    This photograph was taken from the left side of the falls, closer to the plunge pool area. It’s somewhat obscured from within the foliage, yet a beautiful natural scene nonetheless. For prints, gifts and apparel, please visit these galleries: Pixels, Redbubble and ArtPal.

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  • Return to Autumn

    This seasonal splash of color was photographed last autumn while visiting Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Townsend.

    You can enjoy it all year long – in your home or office – on fine prints and other items, when you visit these galleries: Pixels, ArtPal, and Redbubble.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  • Black and White Cabin

    Black and White Cabin

    Located in the Smoky Mountains at Cades Cove, not far from Townsend, Tennessee, this black and white photograph features a vintage cabin built by European settlers in the early eighteen-hundreds. Many prints are available in my gallery. Thanks for stopping by!


  • Laurel Falls

    Laurel Falls

    Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and standing 80-feet tall, in two sections, Laurel Falls is a very popular tourist destination. Just down the road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, near Gatlinburg, it’s a 1.3 mile hike uphill along a partially paved trail. You can enjoy a print of my photography, if you choose, when you visit my galleries at Pixels and/or Redbubble. Thanks very much!


  • Vintage Structures

    From the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee at Cades Cove, these photographs include an old church steeple with bell, hand-crafted rafters inside a barn, and the Grist Mill waterwheel. You can visit my gallery at Pixels to see a variety of print types, such as: framed, metal, canvas, wood, art, poster, acrylic and tapestry. Thanks for looking!


  • Black and White Building

    Cades Cove

    This historic wooden structure was photographed at Cades Cove, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. A verdant valley originally home to both Cherokee Indians and early European settlers, the area is now a very popular tourist destination with many roadside attractions.

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  • Shots from the Trail

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  • Vintage Cabin

    Vintage Cabin

    This photograph features an aspect of an historic wooden cabin with windows, located at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print, you can visit my gallery to review available options – framed, canvas, metal, art, poster, wood, acrylic and tapestry. And, framed prints may be customized to suit your interests. Thanks for stoping by!


  • Vintage Cabin

    Cades Cove


    This historic wooden log cabin is located by the Grist Mill along the scenic drive at Cades Cove, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Townsend.


  • Shots Along the Trail

    Here are a few random photographs taken at different spots while hiking…


  • Black and White Forest

    Black and White Forest

    Birds sing from the trees as dappled morning sunshine filters through the forest in this black and white photograph, taken at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Prints and other gifts are available in my shops at Redbubble, Society 6 and Pixels. Thanks.


  • Late Autumn at Cades Cove

    Late Autumn at Cades Cove

    This November photograph of Cades Cove in Tennessee features the Smoky Mountains with past peak foliage on trees in the valley. If you’d be interested in a print, you can visit my gallery to select from several types available, including: framed, art, metal, canvas, wood, poster, acrylic and tapestry. Great for the home, office & to give as a gift this holiday season!


  • Spruce Flats Falls

    Located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, hikers can enjoy Spruce Flats Falls, a scenic waterfall standing 30-feet tall.

    You, too, can enjoy this beautiful autumn scenery when you purchase a fine print or other item from my gallery at Fine Art America.

    Print types: framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry.

    Customization: framed prints may be customized to suit your interests, with options for size, frame, mat, mat width and paper type.


  • John Oliver Cabin

    When touring Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the first roadside attraction visitors encounter is the John Oliver Cabin. John and Lucretia Oliver were the original European settlers in this verdant valley, befriended by the Cherokee Indians, who offered assistance during their first winter. The cabin was built in 1822.

    Prints are available in my gallery. Thank you.