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Photo #1530 – 01.23.13

Great Smokies Creek – Etsy Print

Great Smokies Creek - Etsy Print
The peacefulness of a Great Smoky Mountain stream like this one is tough to match. This particular stretch of water was located in the Cataloochee Valley region of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Photo #1398 – 09.12.12

Cataloochee Valley, Where the Elk Roam (Sometimes…)

Elk were once found all over the southern Appalachian Mountains, but it is believed the last elk in North Carolina were killed off in the late 1700s.  Beginning in 2001, Great Smoky Mountains National Park started a reintroduction program with 25 elk, and as of this past summer, about 140 elk make up the herd in and around the park.  Cataloochee Valley is one of the most common areas for park visitors to spot some elk, but we weren’t that lucky on this particular day.  Even so, we enjoyed some time in this isolated part of the park.

Interestingly, it is illegal to willfully approach within 150 feet of an elk in the park…but with adult males reaching upwards of 700 pounds, I don’t think I have a desire to approach an elk out in the wild…


Photo #1207 – 03.05.12

North Carolina Mountains from Clingman’s Dome

On our visit to the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we did not have the best weather for enjoying far-reaching views of the surrounding mountain landscape.  But then again, the Smokies have their name for a reason!  Even with the low cloud cover, the vistas from near Clingman’s Dome in the center of the park were fantastic.  This particular view is looking at the North Carolina side of the park, with Clingman’s Dome and the Tennessee side of the park directly behind.


Photo #1026 – 09.06.11

The Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap in the Smokies

Imagine for a moment that you decided to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and every time you feel like you have covered a good amount of trail, you come upon a sign like this one that reminds you just how far you still have to go!  The Appalachian Trail here in Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the North Carolina & Tennessee border much of the way, and at a point called Newfound Gap, a northbound thru-hiker (someone hiking the trail from south-to-north) has gone approximately 209 miles…and still has 1,972 miles to go to get to Maine!


Photo #965 – 07.07.11

View from Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap

At 5,048 feet above sea level, Newfound Gap is the lowest mountain pass through the heart of the Smoky Mountains.  It is also where Newfound Gap Road reaches the Tennessee/North Carolina border, and the Appalachian Trail crosses through here as well.  This photo was taken atop the Rockefeller Memorial, a stone structure from which President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park back in 1940.

Seems like a beautiful spot to dedicate a park!


Photo #840 – 03.04.11

Skinny Smoky Mountain Bridge

Not too far from where we saw a parade of turkeys {photo #692}, and only a short distance from a creepy abandoned farmhouse {photo #626}, Heather and I came upon this old barn and narrow bridge in the Cataloochee Valley of North Carolina.  Located in the eastern section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this valley is somewhat remote, so combined with some foggy/rainy weather, it meant that there were hardly any other people around, so we were able to take in some beautiful sights without crowds of other tourists.


Photo #818 – 02.10.11

Heather and the Smoky North Carolina Mountains

Located right along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, Clingman’s Dome is the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it provides for some excellent views of all the surrounding mountains.  This particular view is looking toward the North Carolina side of Clingmans’ Dome, and with Clingman’s Dome being about 6,643 feet above sea level, you can probably get the sense that we’re up pretty high!


Photo #793 – 01.16.11

Time to Gather ‘Round the Fireplace!

Pull up a rickety chair and warm yourself in front of the fire, or if you’re tired, why not curl up in a cozy yet luxurious bed right next to the fireplace?  This 100-year-old cabin at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the North Carolina Smokies {photo #532} provided a little glimpse into turn-of-the-century living in the Smokies, and this cabin and other various farm buildings were pretty cool to explore on a drizzly, foggy day.


Photo #692 – 10.07.10

Great Smoky Turkey Parade

We went to the Cataloochee Valley region of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see some elk…but we must have missed them.  Instead, we were treated to this parade of turkeys in one of the fields near an old schoolhouse.  This was pretty much the most exciting wildlife encounter we had while down in the Smokies (well, I was chased by a crazed dog chomping at my heels while out for a run one day…)

I guess turkeys are cool too…just not as cool as elk.


Photo #646 – 08.22.10

Bark Mosaic

This mottled bark caught my eye while checking out some buildings in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It makes for a great black & white composition with plenty of texture and contrast.


Photo #626 – 08.02.10

Eerie Appalachian House

If you’re looking for the ghost in this photo, check out the pale face near the stairwell…

While exploring the Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Heather and I found a bright blue house.  It was called the Caldwell House and it was built right around 1900.  I ventured inside and up the stairs to some empty rooms on the second floor and thought it looked a little freaky up there.  I made it out safely, though.

Oh, and if you’re looking for the ghost, I was just kidding…I think…


Photo #532 – 04.30.10

Rain in the Smokies

As April turns into May tomorrow, the March and April showers will surely bring out many more flowers (and mosquitoes…).  While the photo above was not taken in the spring, it does show one of the more rainy and dreary days that Heather and I encountered down in Tennessee/North Carolina in the Smokies.  After spending the morning in Cataloochee Valley looking for elk, we drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway on the southern edge of the park before arriving at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.  The rain couldn’t stop us from checking out the cool Mountain Farm Museum that had a lot of old barns and other structures set up like a typical old farm.

Fortunately, with all the rain we had received during the week, our stop the following day at the Place of 1,000 Drips really lived up to its name!


Photo #480 – 03.09.10

Cataloochee Valley Brook

The out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a pretty cool place to check out on our trip to the park, even if the weather didn’t cooperate all that much and we didn’t spot any of the elk known to roam the valley.  Aside from the old farm buildings scattered about, the streams, forests and open fields throughout the area help to create a really serene setting.


Photo #365 – 11.14.09

Barn in the Foggy Smokies

Nestled in the fairly remote Cataloochee Valley of North Carolina, this area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pretty cool.  It’s best known for being the place to see elk roaming around in the park, but we unfortunately missed them on the foggy and rainy day we visited the valley.  We still had a great time checking out the turn-of-the-century buildings, and this barn was a pretty cool structure across the way from a farmhouse.

Click here to check out all the photos from our trip to the Smokies of Tennessee and North Carolina!