Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pictures And Movie

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a great hiking trip. I stayed in Gatlinburg at night and hiked the park in the day. It was a four day trip so I made plans to see as many popular places as I could.

We started our first day down the Roaring Fork nature motor trail. It is a eight mile loop south then back to Gatlinburg. In the Southern side of the loop is Rainbow Falls Trail.

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Rainbow Falls

The 5.4 miles roundtrip proved to be a challenging hike. The trail is rated moderate to difficult and gains about 1,500' in elevation.


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Rainbow Falls Trail Streaming Movie 45 minutes

The rocky trail reveals continuous old growth forests and cascading waterfalls. The rhododendrons must be spectacular during their flowering months because they were everywhere. I had to pause occassionally to film the largest trees and the brightest moss as they shined in the sun.

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Rainbow Falls

I finally heard the awesome sound of Rainbow Falls Trail as I came around the bend. The falls was so beautiful as I walked up to it and all around it. A rainbow produced by mist from this 80' high waterfall is visible on sunny afternoons and can freeze into a hour glass shape in the Winter. That was a great hike.

Rainbow Falls Pictures Movies
Rainbow Falls



Grotto Falls Trail is just South of Gatlinburg and is located off the Southeastern section of The Roaring Fork Nature Motor Trail. I filmed Vistas as I drove the road.

Grotto Falls

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Grotto Falls
The hike is 2.4 miles roundtrip and is surrounded by hemlock dominated forest. I filmed the largest of the hemlock trees as I hiked up the trail. There were numerous cascading waterfalls over and around the trail.


Grotto Falls Trail Streaming Movie 19 minutes

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Grotto Falls

There were a few hikers here on a Monday afternoon so I knew this was a popular trail. The vista were beautiful when I could see through the old growth forest. The roaring cascades grew louder as I knew I was close. Now water seeped out of the green mosses and ferns near Grotto Falls.

Grotto Falls
Grotto Falls

Finally I came across the falls. I enjoyed walking under the falls. Grotto Falls is distinctive as the only waterfall in the park one can walk behind. I filmed this treasure as it roared over me. Another great memory.

Grotto Falls
Grotto Falls

The next day I drove Westward 15 miles from Gatlinburg on the Little River Road towards Laurel Falls then Cades Coves, a 6,800 acre meadow surrounded by 5000' mountains.

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls
Laurel Falls

There was plenty of small rapids to see along the road. I filmed more beautiful vistas enroute. At the stops there were many bright red and yellow leaves that I took in. Laurel Falls is only a 2.6 miles roundtrip hike. It follows a paved trail. The trail cuts through a series of cascading waterfalls. Laurel Falls is 60 feet high. I filmed the best vistas that I saw. I zoomed in to reveal the dazzling Fall colors of the old growth trees. There are hemlock, spruce, fir and oak trees.

Laurel Falls Trail Streaming Movie 32 minutes

Laurel Falls
Laurel Falls

Finally I arrived at Laurel Falls I had fun filming the falls up close. I climbed up the hill to get the best pictures and movie of the falls. There's nothing like getting sprayed by Mother Nature's natural showers. There were many other hikers at this popular place. Now let's go to The Sinks on the little river road and then on to Cades Cove

Laurel Falls
Laurel Falls




Cades Cove

Cades Cove is about 25 West on The Little River Road from Gatlinburg. After a hike up to Laurel Falls and back I was excited to see another part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove has an 11 mile loop road that surround thousands of acres of open meadows. The vistas are great and I hoped to see some Elk or Bear during the drive.

The Sinks and Cades Cove Streaming Movie 20 minutes

Cades Cove
Cades Cove

The Western section of Cades Cove has another great hiking trail called Abrams Falls Trail That was my destination to top off the day. The trail is a 5 mile roundtrip hike that begins in the back of the Western section of Cades Cove loop road. It has the largest water volume of any park fall, and is among the most photogenic.

Cades Cove
Cades Cove




After taking in the Cades Cove loop drive, I arrived at the Abrams Falls Trail entrance. I knew this was going to be a spectacular hike. Some trees were cut after they fell on the trail. The trees scent was nice and you could smell it 50 yards away. Rhododendrons were everywhere here and in all of the park. I once again filmed the large old growth trees as I hiked up to Abrams Falls. The creek had more water feeding the cascading falls then other falls. The colors and Fall smells surrounding me as I crossed one single lane bridge after another.

Abrams Falls

Abrams Falls
Abrams Falls

when I finally arrived at Abrams Falls it stood out roaring like a lion. I filmed it up and close.

Abrams Falls Streaming Movie 31 minutes

Abrams Falls
Abrams Falls

Now was the time to climb the steep inclination to the top of the falls. None of the other hikers knew what they were missing up here. However daylight was short so I had to step up the pace back to the parking lot. Another memorable hike for the ages.

On the way back to Gatlinburg I was lucky enough to see a few Elk in the meadows of Cades Cove loop.

Elk At Cades Cove
Elk At Cades Cove

Tomorrow brings another great hiking day in the Cherokee Indian Reservation with Mingo Falls, the Clingmans Dome Trail and the Chimney Tops Trail.




Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls
Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls Trail is located just South of the park, off the Newfound Gap Road, within the Cherokee Indian Reservation. It's only .4 mile up a paved trail. I heard the roar of the falls in no time. When I arrived I was amazed with just how extra beautiful this falls was. Mingo Falls was the most spectacular falls that Mother Nature sculptured. It cascaded down 120'. I hiked up to the base of the falls for the best filming. I zoomed into every part of the falls for a spectacular movie. This was one waterfall that was very hard to leave. It's natural cascading shapes will draw you into her spell.

Mingo Falls Trail In The Cherokee Indian Reservation Streaming Movie 19 minutes



Clingmans Dome

clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in the Smokies at 6,643'. On a clear day the observation tower on the summit of the mountain will offer a spectacular 360 degree view of the Smokies and beyond. As I arrived at the trail Via the Newfound Gap Road, it was very windy around 50 miler per hour. Filming was tough and a challenge. The trail was steep but paved. I was surrounded by Red Spruce and Frazier Fir trees in all directions. The Appalachian Trail paralleled Clingmans Dome and I planned on taking it back down later.

Clingmans Dome Trail Streaming Movie 31 minutes

Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome

The vistas were magnificent as I climbed up the trail. I couldn't help but wonder what the 360 degree vista on top the dome would reveal. When I arrived on top of the dome I filmed the signs that showed what you were looking at in all directions. I was lucky for it was a clear day. You could see all of the Smokies park this day.

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail

I then hiked back down the .5 mile section of the Appalachian Trail to the parking lot. The Appalachian Trail cuts through the entire park and is located on the West to East mountain ridge border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The Red Spruce and Frazier Fir trees made for another great and memorable experience in this great Smoky Mountains National Park. I felt lost on this trail because of the endless sea of mountains and trails. Now I was really by myself.



Chimney Tops

Chimney Tops
Chimney Tops

Chimney Tops Trails was to finish off another great day of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Going back North on the scenic Newfound Gap Road were many more vistas and cascading rapids to film. When I was almost there, I stopped to film Chimney Tops from a distance. It stood out like a volcano in the horizon. This should be good I thought.
Chimney Tops Trail Streaming Movie 53 minutes

Chimney Tops
Chimney Tops Trail

The climb is 1,700' and is 4 miles roundtrip. Once again I was surrounded by old forest growth hardwood trees near the bottom and knew there were spruce and firs on top. This was a steep trail that hosted many new cascading rapids, mosses, and ferns. The uphill vistas were great. As I neared the top I noticed the difference in the thickness of the air. It was quiet and still on top with the sun penetrating deeper onto my face. This was my favorite place to be in the entire park so far.

Chimney Tops
Chimney Tops

As I neared the end of the trail on top the trail now had drop offs on both side of the narrow path. I realized that the vistas were going to be great. The path changed into pure polished black shale. The end of the trail was totally awesome as it revealed more vista over the edge drop off. I sat down and soaked in the most beautiful scenery that I've seen yet. My very own little spot on top of the world. The vistas were great but I had to chance a slippery climb up the black shale to the very top. It was worth the climb because now the entire 360 degree scenery was before me. I felt like a giant as I filmed the panoramic. A little blue bird all but ignored me as he hopped by me. Flying above was a large Eagle who seemed happy to just tuck in his wings and drop like a rock only to catch himself later.

Chimney Tops
Chimney Tops

Yes, another most memorable, great and awesome hike. I am so lucky to have experienced Chimney Tops. I am so lucky to meet The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail 8 Mile Loop South of Gatlinburg Tennessee
Rainbow Falls Trail Streaming Movie 45 minutes

Grotto Falls Trail Streaming Movie 19 minutes

Little River Road West To Cades Cove
Laurel Falls Trail Streaming Movie 32 minutes

The Sinks and Cades Cove Streaming Movie 20 minutes

Abrams Falls Streaming Movie 31 minutes

Newfound Gap Road South To Chimney Tops, Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome, Mingo Falls
Newfound Gap Road Vista Tour Streaming Movie 25 minutes

Chimney Tops Trail Streaming Movie 53 minutes

Clingmans Dome Trail Streaming Movie 31 minutes

Mingo Falls Trail In The Cherokee Indian Reservation Streaming Movie 19 minutes

The Great Smoky Mountains Losing Its Smoke
The Great Smoky Mountains SMOKE Streaming Movie 6 minutes

Gatlinburg At Night
Gatlinburg At Night Streaming Movie 13 minutes















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