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Have you ever explored Cades Cove on foot? The 11 mile loop road is now closed to vehicles every Wednesday and Saturday until 10a.m! It’s the perfect opportunity to soak up the beauty and peacefulness of the cove! 🌄

A mother bear shares a tender moment with one of her three cubs.

Morning beams of sunlight at Highpoint on Mount Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Another beautiful view in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this one as the sun drops toward the horizon along the road leading to Clingmans Dome. 17.09.20 . . . . . #gsmnp #friendsofthesmokies #nationalpark #sunset #greatsmokymountains #hikethesmokies #smokies #postcardworthy #findyourpark #mountains #optoutside #clingmansdome #newfoundgap #tennessee #wanderlust #photooftheday #nofilter #sony #sonyalpha #sonyphotography #knoxrocks #scruffyknox

Spent some time tonight going back through a couple of #sunrise outings last year to find a monochromatic panoramic of some mountain layers for our interior designer at work. In the process, I found this one of #thedomecombtree at #clingmansdome from last June. I really should look back through my archives more often. · · · · · #865life #instagramtennessee #postcardworthy #gsmnp #smokymountains #greatsmokymountains #findyourpark #getoutside #tristaradventures #friendsofthesmokies #onlyintennessee #madeintn #homesweettn #backroadbum #yourtn #nickdealphotography

:: so excited for this. Only one more month! If you’ve never experienced the #synchronousfireflies in the Great Smoky mountains, you definitely have to put it on your bucket list! It’s absolutely gorgeous. ✨::

Mountain laurel is starting to bloom. We spied this one in a small campground in Cable Cove near Fontana Village, North Carolina. . #mountainlaurel #blooms #floweringshrub #pink #country_features #heartimprint #prettythings #friendsofthesmokies #flora

My little travel buddies are ready for our next adventure ☺️ these two love going on rides more than any other set of puppers I’ve ever known. My Rottweiler will even try and ride with my dad on the tractor when he feeds the horses! Do you travel with dogs? If so what breeds do you have ☺️

Sometimes A Caption Just Gets In The Way...Like Now 🤙🏼 📸 @jabphoto_ #surftennessee

:: Happy Monday friends! I took this picture and it immediately made me want Autumn to hurry up and get here! It’s not even Summer yet and I’m already over the heat and allergies! Which season is your favorite? Fall all the way for me! 🧡🍂::

Springtime in the Smokies! A Rhododendron blooming at inspiration point on alum Cave Trail with a view of Partons peaks in the background.

“It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.” - Horace Kephart

Nowhere man don't worry Take your time, don't hurry Leave it all till somebody else Lends you a hand... . #marneygirl #chroniclesofmarnia #adventuredog #theroadtonowhere #nowhereman

Greg
(@stillwading)

1 Day 8 Hours Ago

Did him just like dad did me. Tossed his boney butt right in: +the vest -the tater sack🤣 #cementpond shenanigans . . . . #grandfatherstuff #familyties #easttennessee #friendsofthesmokies #fishingbuddy #grandson #whatgetsyououtdoors #sundayfunday #fatherandson #troutbum

➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ "Wildflowers aren’t meant to be cut & tamed. They’re meant to be loved & admired.” ― Anthony T. Hincks #wildflowers #flowers #ladyslippers #orchid #wildflower #wildflowerseason This gorgeous Lady slipper was spotted last week while exploring in the Smokies. @starrmountainoutfitters @riverdogapparel @only.in.tennessee @greatsmokynps @greatsmokynationalpark @smokiesfriends @visitgatlinburg @nationalparkgeek @tetonsports @theoutbound @explorethefifty @tennoutfitters @indianbountarygeneralstore @nationalparkmagazine @backpackermag @blueridgeoutdoors #adventurethatislife #amazing #amazingplace #beautifulplace #thegreatsmokymountains #gsmnp  #friendsofthesmokies #smokymountains #hikethesmokies  #findyourpark #optoutside #thegreatoutdoors #getoutstayout  #instagram #nature #naturelovers #justgoshoot  #neverstopexploring #hiking #hikingadventures #mountains #landscape #igers #nature_perfection

I went hiking with the ladies yesterday and what a great day to be in the mountains. The spring greens are beautiful in the mountains right now. This rustic log bridge is one of 7 on Kephart Prong Trail within about a 2 mile stretch of trail. #nature #landscape #travel #bestnatureshot #bns_nature #eye_spy_nature #bns_usa #friendsofthesmokies #bns_earth #bns_landscape @greatsmokynps #nationalparkgeek #raw_usa #raw_seasons #instagramtennessee #fiftyshades_of_nature #865life #appalachian_explorers #onlytennisee #madeintn #backroadbum #raw_longexposure #dreamworldimages #gf_longexpo #bns_longexpo @smokymtnliving #hiking #rustic #bridge

Rapids, Rocks and Rhododendrons, the Smokies to a T!!! Starting to work on some color images from the Smokies. Shot in Tremont in a pretty good rain, using my umbrella rig of course...blend of four images, mainly to play up the water flow, which was excellent. Best light to shoot in by far, when it’s raining! • • #landscapephotography #landscape #water #rapids #naturephotography #nature #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokies #gsmnp #longexpo #friendsofthesmokies #longexposure #longexposures #longexposure_shots #longexposure_world #longexposurephotography #ig_longexposure #reallyrightstuff

If this teeny tiny baby turtle isn't the cutest thing you have ever seen... you're a liar. 🤣😍 . . Parton Cemetery . . #gsmnp #865life #hikersofinstagram #hikelikeagirl #womenwhohike #sheexplores #optoutside #hikethesmokies #friendsofthesmokies #goremote #staywild #alltrailsconnect #hikemore #ahnufootwear #hikelikeawoman #greenbrier #offtrail

Really stepped outside my comfort zone today and joined a group hike ...#gosmokies Memorial hike for Mike Maples. We hiked Old Settlers Trail out to the Parton Cemetery, off trail. Was a great morning with some superb new friends. . . #gsmnp #865life #hikersofinstagram #hikelikeagirl #womenwhohike #sheexplores #optoutside #hikethesmokies #friendsofthesmokies #goremote #staywild #ahnufootwear #hikelikeawoman #greenbrier

Smoky Tours
(@smokytours)

1 Day 19 Hours Ago

One thing we tell our guests ALL the time is that we actually don’t get any commission from any of the distilleries we visit. We just share so passionately because we actually DO use and love so many of the things we introduce in our tours! . Sunday afternoons are not complete without a #moonshinepickle!. . . . . . Smoky Tours Hashtags #cmonlivealittle #themountainsarecalling #smokies#smokymountains#sipsup #whiskey#tennesseewhiskey #tennessee#craftwhiskey #sugarmountain #sugarlands #moonshine#sugarlandsshine  #gatlinburg #gatlinburgtennessee #gatlinburgtn #gatlinburgbachelorette #gatlinburgcabins #gatlinburgengagement #gatlinburgskylift #gatlinburgmountaincoaster #gatlinburgcouplestrip #gatlinburg2019 #gatlinburgweekend #friendsofthesmokies #airbnb #vrbo #airbnbexperiences

At any given moment there are more salamanders in the @greatsmokynps than all mammals combined, including people. You may never see them, but they’re definitely there! I met this little Jordan’s/red-cheeked salamander as I was crossing a footbridge yesterday... He was tucked into a dark hole in a tree, so if it wasn’t for him quietly whispering “Hello Kristi!” as I walked by, I would have went right by him and never even noticed that adorable little face. ❤️

:: when your dresses are the color of nature ::

The ladies are continuing to steal the spotlight in the Smokies. 💞 #wildflowersofthesmokies

To stand atop the rolling ridges and peaks of Appalachian blues and focus on the darkness, instead of the light - would only make me a fool. Seek beauty. Seek the light. 💙

It is up to you to see the beauty of everyday things. A sea of ferns caught my eye during our picnic this past Friday. #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp #friendsofthesmokies #mysmokies #findyourpark #smokies #nationalparkgeek #naturenc #ncoutdoor_inc #ashevilletrails #visitasheville #visitnc #explorenc #explorecarolina #romanticasheville #wncadvguide #gooutsideandplay #appalachian_explorers #haynow #onlyinnorthcarolina #adventureappalachia #mysouthernliving #discoverjacksonnc #frugalfridays @frugal_backpacker @greatsmokynps #naturalnorthcarolina @ncoutdoor_inc @tnc_nc @visitncsmokies @nationalparkgeek @smokiesfriends @blueridgeoutdoors

Sunrise from Clingmans Dome featuring #thedomecombtree. Check out @smokyshiker for more shots from this sunrise and @gnphiker for more shots of #thedomecombtree

"To gaze upon this prospect in the sunset hour, when the mountains were tinged with a rosy hue, and the immense hollow before me was filled with a purple atmosphere... was to me one of the most remarkable and impressive scenes I ever witnessed." - Charles Laman, speaking of the Smokies in 1849. The quote isn't for sunrise but it still fits the beauty that you see in this photo and the scene that I was honored to witness this morning... I can't tell you the number of times that I have gone by this spot - and never once noticed it until today. Some of you are probably head over heels in love with a friend that you never saw as more than a friend - until one day, you looked at him or her with new eyes. That fuzzy feeling is the best way that I can explain how I felt the moment that I spotted those amazing ridge lines in the distance... The Smokies are a close friend of mine, but today... Today I looked at their beauty, once again, with a fresh set of eyes. 💙 * Prints are available in my Etsy shop! Link in bio.

Striped Eyes⠀ Tabanus Horse Fly⠀ Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (May 17, 2019)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ As much as these little guys hurt, it’s amazing how pretty they are. I had my windows down, and this one flew in and smacked my windshield. I think it rattled it pretty good, as it just sat on my dash. It gave me a pretty good opportunity to photograph it, as I was able to sit it on a small leaf. I had a small piece of green paper in my truck that I could lay behind it, and it just made the eyes pop even more! I didn’t want to move it too much or hurt it anymore than it was. I released it into a small bush once i snapped a few photos. Sometimes, I like to challenge myself, so for the past couple trips I have been out, my goal was to only us my macro lens. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorites, and you can find some crazy-looking creatures if you pay close enough attention.⠀ ⠀ Taken with a Tamron 90mm and a 13mm extension tube.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Feel free to share and check out my page.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #greatsmokymountains #smokymountains #gsmnp #friendsofthesmokies #findyourpark #cadescove #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #865life #adventureappalachia #visitmysmokies #nationalparklife #instagramtennessee #tristaradventures #onlyintennessee #tennessee #outdoorlife #naturephotography #canonphotography #canon #canonusa #macro #macro_freaks #horsefly #tabanus #green #anthropodsanonymous #insectsofinstagram #macroworld #opt_outside

Another picture of this impressive waterfall. Every angle gave a different perspective of it’s beauty. #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokymountains #hikingthesmokies #hiking #nature #waterfall #visitgatlinburg #865life #tennessee #findyourpark #friendsofthesmokies

One of my favorite spots in the Smokies.

Cades Cove Cabin ~ I recently visited Cades Cove, a historical village in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN. I arrived shortly after sunrise just as the sun was casting a warm glow on front of the John Oliver cabin. John and his wife moved into their log cabin in 1820 and were the first permanent white settlers in Cades Cove. The structure is amazingly in great condition. It’s hard to describe the feelings that surfaced as I was standing in the middle of the living room. I could visualize the fire burning in the stone fireplace thinking how the family might have gathered around the fire to stay warm. I wondered how many meals they had prepared. What did they talk about? What were their dreams and aspirations? What were their greatest fears? Just imagine being in the presence of a home that has sheltered a family from the early 1800’s and their heirs for over 100 years. This is clearly a home that has been honored by many generations. I hope you get a chance to visit this special homestead and the many historical structures in Cades Cove. It’s a little piece of history that is still very much in existence and leaves a lasting impression. #smokymountainsnationalpark#cadescoveloop #gsmnp #historicalplaces #gatlinburgtn #onlyintennessee #findyourpark #findyourparks #nationalparks #nationalparkphotography #justgoshoot #neverstopexploring #cadescove #friendsofthesmokies #madeintn #ig_unitedstates #gatlinburgtennessee #lanscapephotography #naturephotographer #wilderness_culture #theoutbound #appalachian_explorers #appalachianmountains

:: grandma Daisy just got done canning and cleaning the oven. Now she’s air drying her undergarments and kicking back in her favorite rocking chair :: ( also...account name changed 😊 )

Come see us tomorrow at Open Streets on Sutherland Ave, starts at 2pm! We'll have some games for kids, pizza from Hard Knox Pizza, and Friends of the Smokies! Sadly we won't have beer samples to serve, but please do stop by Bearden Beer Market for a special tapping of our collaboration with Abridged Beer, Big Tree IPA! #bikewalkknoxville #hardknoxpizza #friendsofthesmokies #abridgedbeer #knoxbeer #albrightbrew

Tap for volume! The first steam train of the season departed from the Bryson City depot yesterday, heading westbound to the Nantahala Gorge. The @greatsmokymtnrr "Steam of the Smokies" travels over the historic Fontana Trestle across the Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge! Tickets and information: bit.ly/steam-train-1702 #greatsmokies #gsmnp #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #smokymountains #naturalnorthcarolina #ncmountains #greatsmokymountains #beautifuldestinations #visitnc #trainrides #train #steamtrain #greatsmokeymountains #romanticasheville #onlyinnorthcarolina #ourstatemag #ourstate #discover_carolinas #adventureappalachia #wnc #outaboutnc #explorecarolina #wnc #friendsofthesmokies #ashevilletrails #ncoutdoors #open828 #ncoutdoor_inc #travelentrepreneur ***Use the hashtag #brysoncity for a chance to be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Check us out on GreatSmokies.com!

:: every time we visit the old homes of the Smoky Mountains we walk through and imagine what life was like. Where did the furniture go? How many people lived and died here? And most importantly, “where the heck did they poop?” ::

Epic hikes can happen on the east coast, too. Like this one on the Boulevard Trail out to Mount LeConte. It’s a 16 mile round trip with open views, a jaunt on the AT, and even some safety chains. #drivehikerepeat #nationalparkgeek #friendsofthesmokies #hikethesmokies #takeahike #freshairclub #freshair #beanoutsider #getoutstayout #getoutsideandplay #findyourpark #liveyouradventure #optoutside #theonlytenisee #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp #findyourwild #sheexplores

"And #hope does not put us to shame, because #godslove has been poured out into our hearts through the #holyspirit, who has been given to us." #romans5:5 . . #marneygirl #chroniclesofmarnia #adventuredog #creek #rapids #greatsmokymountains #itsacavthing #friendsofthesmokies #townsendtn #dogonarock

Sam Gray
(@imagesbysamgray)

3 Days 11 Hours Ago

When it rains a lot in the Smokies small waterfalls appear where you normally don’t ever see any, this is one of those temporary falls that only appear while it’s been raining fairly hard, Tremont, Great Smokies. • • #landscapephotography #landscape #naturephotography #nature #waterfall #longexpo #longexposure #longexposures #longexposure_photos #longexposhots #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitephotography #bnw #blackandwhite #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokies #gsmnp #friendsofthesmokies #reallyrightstuff

Yesterday @alexandersherwooddavis and I hiked to Mt LeConte along with my brother, nieces and friends. These mountains have a way with rendering me completely speechless with their awesome and incredible beauty-my mom always says “the mountains are showing off.” When you are hiking up there truly feet away from home (around 4-5 thousand actually) it’s shocking to come across so many different landscapes that I have never witnessed before but here they are within sight but you can only access it by foot. I was close enough to home to see when my dad flashed a spot light at our prearranged time to say goodnight and yet it felt like-and truly was a world away. It’s beautiful and quiet and light and dark and fantastic and foreign and familiar and eerie all at once. I’m truly grateful to be from a place so rich in beauty, vegetation, diversity, nature, traditions and history. I can’t imagine anywhere in the world more incredible, more magnificent, more awe inspiring, more Great than the Smokies. #gsmnp #smokies #greatsmokymountains #homesweethome #mtleconte #mtlecontelodge #sunset #smokiessunset #friendsofthesmokies #mountainview #hiking #home #gatlinburg

Evenings light spilling over the ridge.

Super happy with this picture 😍 and I didn’t even have to drive around to get it. This big boy was in the field right next to my house and I got to sit and watch him and a few others for.a few hours☺️

Ken
(@vivinit)

3 Days 24 Hours Ago

Hitting the trail Sunday morning to pickup where we left off last year. It feels like Christmas Break all over again Enjoy this picture of Spruce Flats Falls in the GSMNP from back in April of this year taken shortly after sunset. - - - - - - - - - #trailful #exploretheworld #waterfallsfordays #waterfalling #waterfalls #hikingadventure #wanderlust #sehnsucht #longexpo_addiction #optoutside #getoutside #longexposureoftheday #appalachia #lifeisjourney #wanderingphotographers #travelholic #nikon📷 #waterfallphotography #muitobom #rei1440project #ourplanetdaily #adventurethatislife #seekmoments #friendsofthesmokies #greatsmokymountains #865life #outdoorculture #discoveramerica #natureisart #visualsoflife