The Smoky Mountains are one of the most popular destinations in the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the mountainous Tennessee-North Carolina border, is home to hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails and it’s even crossed by America’s most famous footpath, “The Appalachian Trail.” The Smokies are a world-class destination for photographers.
We saw elk and they saw us in Oconaluftee Valley region of the Smokies and we were witness to “a bear jam”. What’s a bear jam? That’s where a long line of vehicles forms from motorists pausing to take pictures of black bears by the roadside. We saw black bear on the Cades Cove Loop Road. They were about 1,000 yards away, but a very cool sight.
There was plenty of water flowing in the streams and rivers in the park. We especially enjoyed the 70 foot Mingo Waterfall located in the Cherokee Nation lands within the Smoky Mountain National Park.
We also saw old cabins and the ruins of homesteads while exploring the park.
To sum it up, we had a great time in the Great Smoky Mountains Photo Tour and Workshop. We were very luck with how Mother Nature treated us!