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Linda Osborne , Oct 06, 2008; 09:40 p.m.

I am leaving next week for a few days in the Smokies. Has any one been this time of year and could offer some good advice to great placed to get some great pictures. I will be in a cabin for about 4 days. If you have any good info or just some neat places to see and photograph, please fill me in..... Thanks LInda


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Steve LeBlanc , Oct 06, 2008; 10:41 p.m.

If you want to get some great colorful action and high speed excitment shooting, you will be very close to the Tail of the Dragon, Rt 129 in Marysville Tennessee. It's 11 miles and 318 turns through the Smokey Mountains.

The motorcycle enthusiasts come from all over the USA and the world to ride this road.

Some great photo opportunities.


Jeremy Richter , Oct 06, 2008; 10:43 p.m.

I was there a little over a week ago, and the foliage is beginning to turn. It's rather nice right now. JR

Linda Osborne , Oct 07, 2008; 01:03 a.m.

Thank you both. I had a hard time getting a cabin bacause i guess it is quite the hot spot when the leaves change. I will check into the trail of the dragon... Sounds neat... Thanks. Linda

Brett Prucha , Oct 07, 2008; 03:27 p.m.

What about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Lots of great photo ops there.

DARRELL LEE , Oct 07, 2008; 03:44 p.m.

A must see http://discoverthesmokeymountains.com/ Roaring Fork Motor Trail Water falls and just great scenery.

ML M , Oct 07, 2008; 06:00 p.m.

Linda... You'll be going at a very near to peak time (historically), but the color can vary significantly from one part of the park to the other, and especially by altitude.

Cades Cove is a beautiful area, but is almost impassible in the Fall with so many visitors. If you go there it would be best in the very early morning or late afternoon when the windshield tourist haven't gotten up or are on their way to dinner. I recommend the Tremont area, the Elkmont (Little River) area and some of the trails off the Roaring Fork Motorway. Now all these areas are on the Tennessee side and many years we have found more color and more vivid color on the North Carolina side of the park. Up and down the Newfound Gap Road can have good color on that side.

One of the best places, if the color is still hanging on up high, is the Blue Ridge Parkway on the southeast side of the park. Take the Parkway from just outside the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and go all the way to Waterrock Knob (and even further if the color is good). While on the NC side, you won't regret going to Cataloochee on the east side and see the color and the elk (well, the elk are a thrill to us here in the southeast anyway).

I guess you can tell, by the flip flopping around, that you may have to just go to where the peak color is best. The Rangers do a good job at the Centers, but are deskbound and you may find the best color by just getting out and driving!

I have a collection of Smoky pictures in my portfolio that may give you some ideas; I believe each is location specific so that you will know where I took them. Have a wonderful trip and do try "The Best Italian Restaurant" in Gatlinburg... it's very good! Mike

Bob Flood , Oct 07, 2008; 11:37 p.m.

Cades Cove is an excellent suggestion - but you really need to avoid the weekend, especially if UT has a home game that weekend. But midweek is much different and the earlier the better for light and fewer people.

The town of Gatlinburg will also be filled to overflowing on the weekend if UT has a home game - they play at night in Knoxville and the faithful like to spend the day as Smoky Mtn tourists in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge before heading for the stadium.

Linda Osborne , Oct 08, 2008; 12:26 a.m.

WOW, these are some great ideas. Mike, thanks for the details. I will get out and check on the color. I am lucky that im not going on a weekend. It will be mid week and im thinking that their won't be lot of people. I prefer to shoot early am or evening. So that is better for me anyway. Well, thanks alot for all the great places to choos from. Keep posted week after next for the great pictures i will take..... LOL.... Thanks Linda

Arthur Plumpton , Oct 08, 2008; 09:26 a.m.

I like Townsend. It is also close to Cades Cove (if that is the name (?) of the community that was evacuated when the Smokies Park took over some extra area in its creation. Great photo potential of the remaining old buildings there, the deer in the meadows and the occasional predatory wolf from the pack that they have been restoring back to the park. When in Townsend we prefer to rent in some of the excellent old square-log cottages there, or in nearby area, rather than book into hotels/motels.

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