As I visited the Smoky Mountain region, I always make sure to drive through the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, in Gatlinburg, TN. Along this rustic road there are many places that feature cascades, rocky terrain, and the occasional homestead, which make for great photo opportunities.
My first time at Clingman’s Dome between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, NC. I arrived here at about 5am to set up. At first the fog was overbearing, but as the sun rose, it broke through and the experience to witness it in person was simply amazing.
Linville Falls in North Carolina. Another challenging trail, but once you reach the gorge, the mountain breezes that flow through here feel amazing and its relaxing. Had to get my shots and head back out though, I didn’t want to be caught in the gorge after the sun went down.