Tag: Smokies

  • The Sinks

    This photograph features a waterfall known as The Sinks. It’s located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, along the Little River. Prints and more are available in my gallery at Pixels. Thanks for stopping by!

  • The Smoky Mountains

    The Smoky Mountains

    Enjoy this digitally stylized photograph featuring the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, as observed while hiking to the Chimney Tops. See more.

  • Small Waterfall

    Small Waterfall

    I photographed this small waterfall along the side of a gravel road in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee. See more.

  • The Tipton Place At Cades Cove

    The Tipton Place At Cades Cove

    The Tipton Place is located along the scenic 11-mile drive in Cades Cove near Townsend, Tennessee. A homestead originally settled by Revolutionary War Veteran William “Fighting Billy” Tipton in the 1820’s, descendant Hamp Tipton later built the two-story timber-framed house in 1878. The grounds contain several rustic buildings, of which visitors may enjoy exploring – as seen below:

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  • John Oliver Cabin At Cades Cove

    John Oliver Cabin At Cades Cove

    Related Post: see also – Elijah Oliver Place at Cades Cove

    One of the most popular tourist destinations located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove is just a short drive from Townsend, Tennessee. Wonderful views of mountains, valleys, wildlife and historical structures are featured along an 11-mile loop through the area. Along the drive, visitors will encounter the John Oliver Cabin.

    The cabin was built in 1822 by John and Lucretia Oliver, the cove’s first permanent European settlers, one of many structures that followed – several of which remain, today. By 1850, the population of Cades Cove tallied 671.

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    A beautiful landscape –

    And, the cabin –

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  • Smoky Mountains Trail

    Here are three photographs taken on the trail while hiking to Mount LeConte in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Gatlinburg. See more.

  • Hiking Mount LeConte In Tennessee

    Hiking Mount LeConte In Tennessee

    With both Clingmans Dome (6664′) and Mount Guyot (6621′) located on the border between Tennessee & North Carolina, Mount LeConte is the tallest mountain entirely within the state of Tennessee, at an elevation of 6593′.

    One of the most popular hikes within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it features five trails to the summit and has the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. LeConte Lodge operates via a seasonal airlift of supplies by helicopter in March, and with alternating teams of pack llamas several days each week throughout the season.

    My hike began at the Alum Cave Trailhead, located in Seiver County near Gatlinburg, approx. 8 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center along Newfound Gap Road.

    This was my second visit to this trail – see Alum Cave Bluffs In Tennessee.

    The Hike

    I left my home in Knoxville, TN by 6:00 a.m. and returned at 6:15 p.m.. It was 7:53 a.m. when I started on the Alum Cave Trail, and 4:35 p.m. when I finished. All told, I hiked 12 miles and ascended 2700′ along the way.

    Passing through Arch Rock, then beyond Inspiration Point, I reached Alum Cave Bluffs and rested to enjoy a peanut butter & raisin sandwich. This spot offers impressive views – including the Eye of The Needle – and is a popular destination for most hikers.

    The slopes became steeper, thereafter, periodically revealing splendid views:

    And, where useful, steel cables were affixed to the mountain for hiker safety:

    Once on top, I continued beyond the lodge, stopping to see High Top – a cairn rock pile marking the 6593′ peak:

    Walking along the trail on an edge of the mountain, I could see my destination in the distance – Myrtle Point, the easternmost peak on Mount LeConte:

    The expansive, panoramic views here were truly stunning, and very much worth the additional 3/4 mile hike! Flat rocks offered welcomed seating to enjoy an impressive mountain landscape – including Mount Kephart, Charlies Bunion and Clingmans Dome:

    Next, I backtracked along the trail until I reached a junction leading to Cliff Top, another vantage point offering excellent views – including Chimney Tops:

    On my way back, I stopped at the lodge to use the outhouse, and discovered a comfortable rocking hair on the porch of a gift-shop building. So comfortable, in fact, that it took me nearly 15 minutes to stand-up again and resume my hike down the mountain!

    Along the trail, I pondered how nice it would be to have a zip-line for my descent…haha.

    Over the course of the day I met the same people on several different occasions, as various trails crisscross between points of interest and hikers, once reaching the summit, are usually in no hurry to leave. Also, many folks have reservations to stay overnight.

    Video

    The following video was filmed at Myrtle Point:

    Though strenuous, I can highly recommend this hike! Make sure you’re well-rested, carry sufficient water, monitor weather reports, and consider using “trekking poles” for added stability.

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  • Three Bears At Cades Cove, TN

    During a recent visit to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I was photographing an old wooden-homestead, when people nearby began to gather along the tree-line.

    I walked in that direction to observe three bears (a mother with two cubs) climbing around in a tree. Here are a few pictures taken during their descent:

  • Steps Into The Forest

    Enjoy the great outdoors!

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    These photographs feature a series of stone steps leading into a forest of the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee, as observed along the trail to the Chimney Tops:

  • Black And White Stone Bench

    Black And White Stone Bench

    This black and white photograph features a stone bench near stairs along the trail to the Chimney Tops, a popular hiking spot in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. See more in my galleries at Pixels and/or Fine Art America.

  • Chimney Tops In Smoky Mountains

    Chimney Tops In Smoky Mountains

    Driving along route US-441 S from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, there are several parking areas which provide scenic views of the pinnacles.

    One such location has an information-placard posted, which reads:

    The Cherokees called the mountain Duniskwalguni, meaning ‘forked antlers’.

    The half-billion-year-old Chimney Tops, made of slates, schists, and phyllites, sit atop even older rock – Thunderhead sandstone, a tough, erosion resistant rock. The chimney rock (Anakeesta Formation) is softer than the sandstone, allowing rain, hail, and ice – over hundreds of millions of years – to fashion its chimney-shaped likeness.

    The rugged Chimney Tops pierce the forest that cloaks most of the Great Smoky Mountain ridges. The bare rock offers scant soil for plants. Only shallow-rooted shrubs and trees like rhododendron, mountain laurel, red spruce, and eastern hemlock thrive here.

    The Hike

    One of the most popular hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Chimney Tops trail gains 1400 feet over 2 miles – a steep climb! So, wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

    With only one seating area along the trail, I would recommend that hikers carry a walking-stick or trekking-poles, either of which makes resting easier by supporting ones’ weight, when necessary.

    The trail crosses rushing streams on three occasions, prior to ascending the side of the mountain. Though principally hard-packed dirt with light gravel, both stone & wooden steps located periodically along the trail serve to facilitate an easier hiking-experience.

    On my visit, I arrived early and was the third car parked and the second hiker to reach the top. Pictured below is a wood & dirt structure where visitors may rest and enjoy a wonderful view of the Smokies.

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    The best place to see the Chimney Tops, however, is located to the left, another 50 feet along the trail. Here, looking towards the northwest, the bright morning sun highlighted the front-face of the pinnacles for stunning views! For hikers continuing beyond this point, be careful – a narrow trail, fallen trees, slippery rocks and substantial height along this steep mountain entails cautious deliberation.

    Video

    At 18-seconds, you’ll see a circular gap within the trees along the ridge (right side); this is the observation area – see black and white photograph, above.

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    Perspective

    For a better sense of height from the pinnacles, here are two photographs highlighting the scenic view parking areas (see photograph at beginning), the later with zoom magnification: