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The Great Smoky Mountains have many places and things to photograph. In Gatlinburg TN, some of the most popular subjects in town include photographing your family, spouse, or significant other as they are having a great time. Videoing is also a great choice for Gatlinburg, because nothing is ever standing still here! Once you make a video, it will be just what you need to remind you of all the fond memories you had while visiting Gatlinburg. Take a family picture in one special spot each time you come to Gatlinburg and it will be your own photographic and historic growth chart.

Now, if you are a serious photographer, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is just for you. You can walk a few miles into the forest or a few hundred feet off the roadway, and you are likely find photo opportunities that don't exist anywhere else in America. The nature here is amazing, there are hundreds of deer, elk, and you may even spot a black bear. The beautiful waterfalls and streams also make perfect backgrounds for pictures. The waterfalls and stream are ever changing, so each time you return it will be something different for you to shoot. The vistas are also spectacular, you can see up to seventy-miles on a clear day. The sunrises and sunsets are also extremely beautiful. Best of all, these beautiful places and scenes are free to all. Every picture taken will be absolutely memorable.

One of Gatlinburg’s great places to take pictures is the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The trail is a seven-mile one-way loop that starts at the top of Cherokee Orchard Road and ends on Roaring Fork Road. Along the way you will find two log cabins, some streams and low river crossings, an early frame home, and a gristmill. There is also and area of lush forest growth.
Another one of Gatlinburg’s great trails to photograph is The Gatlinburg Trail. It is a two mile, very flat and wide, trail that is used frequently in the morning and evening by athletes and people just wanting to get some exercise. There's a foot bridge about mid-way, and the trail comes close enough to the highway to go up and take the traditional "Intro Page" photo standing by the National Park entrance sign. At the end of the trail there is a Sugarlands Visitor Center, where you can rest before the return trip.

Another park that is great for taking pictures is Greenbrier Park. Greenbrier Road is a lesser-used area of the park that runs along the Little Pigeon River, has a nice day-use area with a few walking paths. Greenbrier Road is also the trailhead for Ramsey Cascades Trail. This trail is a four-mile trail that leads to a 100-foot waterfall that is great for photographing. The river is also a great swimming hole for the locals.

The Chimneys Picnic Area is an area located just off highway 411, where the pigeon river passes over huge boulders. This makes for a great background to photograph friends, family, or your significant other. Around dusk you may even see a bear rambling around. There is also a bridge made of stone near the areas entrance that would also be great for photographing.

Newfound Gap is also a popular area to go and take some beautiful pictures. The gap may be in the clouds or haze on less-than-clear days, so plan to arrive after noon. On a clear day, you can see over 70 miles. The Appalachian Trail passes through the gap. At Newfound Gap there is a huge rock wall and upper podium-style overlook at the entrance to the parking area. This was used as the podium for Franklin D. Roosevelt's formal dedication of the National Park in 1940.
Last, but not least, Cades Cove is a very popular nature area that would be great for photographing. Cades Cove is a eleven mile, one-way road, that is best known for its grazing pastures for deer, bear, horses, and turkey. There is nineteen, historic, marked stops along the trail. The road is very popular so it can become very congested at times, but it closed for use on Wednesday and Saturday only by cyclists. The Spring-Fall season is the best time to see a live demonstration of some nature.

Last, but not least, Cades Cove is a very popular nature area that would be great for photographing. Cades Cove is a eleven mile, one-way road, that is best known for its grazing pastures for deer, bear, horses, and turkey. There is nineteen, historic, marked stops along the trail. The road is very popular so it can become very congested at times, but it closed for use on Wednesday and Saturday only by cyclists. The Spring-Fall season is the best time to see a live demonstration of some nature.

For the person who just wants nice pictures for a photo album, the easiest way to capture these photos in from one of the many Gatlinburg cabins with a Smoky Mountain view. Almost all of the cabins in Gatlinburg have a beautiful deck and either a wooded view or mountain view. You see, we are all about convenience. Let me tell you, nothing is easier than capturing great pictures from your porch.