The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingman's Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains. This 4-DAY guided tour and in-field workshops will immerse you in a photographer's paradise surrounded by natural beauty in every direction. This tour will be lead by Rick Berk and Jessica Lempin. Rick and Jessica look forward to exploring this special national park with you.

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Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park, Tennessee Photo Tour

Begins: Sat., May 20th 2017, 4:00 PM
Ends: Tues., May 24th 2017, 11:00 AM

Instructors: Rick Berk and Jessica Lempin

Closest Airport: McGhee-Tyson Airport

Hotel of choice: Hilton Garden Inn, Gatlinburg

4 Day Guided Tour | Limited to 10 Participants

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Your Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park Photo Tour Itinerary

SATURDAY, MAY 20th, 2017

Arrival & Check-in
Meet & Greet, Tour Overview, Q & A

SUNDAY, MAY 21st, 2017

We’ll start the workshop by photographing sunrise at Clingman’s Dome. This is the highest spot in the park and provides breathtaking views in all directions. Rick & Jessica will instruct on photographing these vistas effectively, capturing the color and detail you will see in the valleys below.  After that, we’ll head to the Chimney Tops trail. We won’t be hiking the entire trail, but there are several small waterfalls here that are worth hiking to on the trail. After a late morning break for downloading, and lunch on your own, we’ll head back out and visit Rainbow Falls. Rainbow Falls features a 5.5 mile round trip hike, winding along next to LeConte Creek, providing plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Rick will explain his techniques for using neutral density filters to photograph rushing water, as well as his techniques for dynamic compositions.

MONDAY, MAY 22nd, 2017

We’ll be up before sunrise again to head to Cades Cove, an isolated valley on the Tennessee side of the park. Cades Cove provides opportunities to capture wildlife, stunning landscapes, and images of the 19th century settlement buildings that remain there today. We’ll also explore the Lynn Camp Prong Cascades, a series of waterfalls that follow an old logging trail. This trail features a 1.6 mile easy round trip hike, and in springtime features a variety of wildflowers along the way. After we break for downloading and lunch, we’ll meet up again and head to Clingman’s Dome to capture the spectacular view at sunset. Our leaders will instruct on using graduated neutral density filters to capture the full range of tones from the bright sky to the darker mountains in the foreground.  After the sun sets, weather permitting, we’ll wait for the night sky to light up and learn some astrophotography techniques to capture the Milky Way, star fields, and star trails. 

TUESDAY, MAY 23rd, 2017

We’ll head to Cataloochee on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains to photograph over there for the morning. Cataloochee features spectacular wildlife, so bring your long lenses, as we’ll have the opportunity to photograph elk and other animals in the area. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph historic structures such as the old schoolhouse, a church, a barn, and more. As we head back to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area in Tennessee, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph some of the breathtaking views along the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. After a break to download and recharge a bit, we’ll head to Laurel Falls to capture this stunning 80 foot cascade. It’s a 2.6 mile round trip moderate hike, with the opportunity to see wildflowers and wildlife along the way. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th, 2017

We’ll complete our workshop with sunrise at Newfound Gap, straddling the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee as the sun rises over this mountain pass. Once we finish the sunrise, we’ll head back to the hotel and say our goodbyes until the next photographic adventure!

Weather and trail conditions will be considered each day, so we may be having to switch days and locations around for an optimal photographic and travel experience.  Breakfast is included each day at the hotel.  Lunch and dinner are your responsibility.  We recommend that you pickup and bring your own waters and snacks for your room and for in-field shooting.




Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee Photography Tour & Workshop with World Wide Photo Tours

Instructors: Rick Berk and Jessica Lempin

May 20th - 24th, 2017

Breakfast at the hotel is included each day.  Full day in-field sessions with time devoted to discussions and instruction regarding composition, processing techniques, and gentle critiques. We scout our locations each year prior to every workshop to ensure our photo locations are successful, without unexpected closures, debris, etc. We have photographed and conducted prior workshops in this location, and we pride ourselves on getting you to the right spot at the right time.

At World Wide Photo Tours, we are proud to present the best photo workshops on the market today. Our instructors are professional photographers and teachers, and are dedicated to your learning, fun and adventure. We scout, and scout, and then scout some more before every workshop, even if it is one we do on a regular basis. We want you to get the most out of your workshop, so we do everything we can to ensure your happiness and success.



Lodging, airfare, transportation, lunch and dinner. Our lodging preference has been established. A discount code will be provided after booking. Participants are urged to rideshare to locations. Please notify your coordinator if you wish to establish airport ride-share or room-share with another participant. Wish we could, but we cannot guarantee of good weather.

Further Tour/Workshop Information

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tours and workshops within the United States: Cancellations made prior to 90 days of workshop are refunded less $100 processing fee. Cancellations made between 60-90 days of workshop are refunded 50% of workshop fee. Cancellations made 60 days from the start of the workshop are non-refundable.

Deposit Option

If you choose to send an deposit for the tour/workshop, the balance is due 90 days prior to event. An invoice will be sent for payment balance. If you fail to pay the balance after due date, the deposit is forfeited. Please contact to get further information on sending in a deposit to hold your spot.

Walking. Hiking. Exploring

Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending the days walking around the various areas while carrying their own equipment.

Insurance Tip

We suggest that you consider trip-insurance to protect your investment in case of an unforeseen emergency or situation that requires you to cancel outside of WWPT refund policy. You can also look into insurance for your gear to ensure no matter what happens that you are fully covered and protected.


While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, we reserve the right to revise it without notice as we see fit. Details on this page are also subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met. Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us.