Weston Harries , Dec 29, 2003; 04:35 p.m.
The lookout tower at Clingman's dome is the highest spot in the park. For sunset shooting, the parking lot below the tower has a good view to the west. At sunrise you'd actually have to go up in the tower to get a view to the east. Keep in mind that everyone goes there to photograph the sunset/sunrise so your shots will most likely be far from original, but it is very beautiful none the less. There are a few old fire towers along the Appalachian Trail that make for good shooting perches since on the ground, even at the higest elevations, there are too many trees to get a clear view. This would require hiking and most likely camping to get the sunrise. I backpacked the 70 miles of the AT that goes through the park and expected to get sunset/sunrise shots every day since the trail follows the highest ridge line, but there really are very few clearings wide open enough to allow you to get a clear view without a very long lens to cut between the trees.