12 Locations For Fall and Winter Landscape Photography

Nov 13, 2018



The Smoky Mountains are stunning- So stunning, in fact, that you may find yourself reaching for your camera or cell phone to capture the moment you're experiencing time and time again. Though no photo can truly capture an experience, a photo can bring you back to that moment of awe. Whether you are visiting us for a weekend trip or a lengthier vacation- we figured you might like to know some of the best spots for landscape photography. We have a few suggestions where you can capture some of the most iconic, peaceful landscape photography in the Smokies. Keep in mind that in the event of inclement weather, some of these suggestions may not be safe to travel to. Besides the deck of your Gatlinburg cabin, these 12 locations for fall and winter landscape photography are sure to send you home with memories to last a lifetime.

1. Cades Cove

Diving along the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road will bring unlimited photo opportunities. You'll find historic structures, wide open fields filled with active wildlife, birds soaring through the skies landing branch to branch, and towering mountains creating the perfect backdrop.

2. Newfound Gap

From here you can view the Smoky Mountains from two opposing directions. This section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also the central line that divides Tennessee and North Carolina. When you look out in the distance you will see an ocean of trees. Behind you is the Rockefeller Monument. Some of the best sunsets are pictured here.

3. Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls is located along the Trillium Gap Trail in Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Grotto Falls is the only waterfall in the national park that you can walk behind. In the winter months, the falls can freeze top to bottom creating a sheet of laced ice.

4. Clingmans Dome

At 6,664 feet, Clingmans Dome presents the Smokies in a whole new way. the ideal time of day to visit is at sunrise. Limited people will be present and you get to watch the mountains wake with the rise of the sun. On a clear day, you can view straight out for 100-miles, staring into connected connecting states.


Other Ideal Photography Locations:

The Old Mill

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

The Space Needle

Gatlinburg ByPass

The Sky Lift

National Park Signs

The Historic Martha Ogle Cabin - Downtown Gatlinburg

Bluff Mountain


Photo Credit: The Shared Experience via flickr

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Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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