Magnificant Mountain Views for Photographers in Gatlinburg, TN

By bsozak | December 11, 2015

The Smoky Mountains provide amazing views no matter where you stand. For photographers, though, it’s important to get the right shot of the Smokies. There are a variety of places to take these photos, but if you’re looking for some magnificant photographs of the mountains, consider one of these:

Clingmans Dome

2015-Smokies_04_28_00219-blendClingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rising 6,643 feet into the air, you won’t get a chance to capture views like these elsewhere. While it does take some work to get to the top (no pets or bicylces are permitted), the views are worth the trek. The highlights are the mountain views and a high-elevation spurce-fir forest.

On sunny, clear days, you’ll be able to see for 100 miles, however, with a pollution problem, it limits these views to under 20 miles. And unfortunately, the highest point in the park has its bad weather days. Clouds, rain, and colder temperatures are fairly common on the mountain. Regardless of these setbacks, there are still plenty of spectacular views to capture through a lens.

There is also a Clingmans Dome Observation Tower which is open year-round, however, keep in mind that the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31.


Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

This is a nice little drive that will take you to the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. There is no fee unless you want to take a form of transportation to the site. It has been said that this spot, especially, is a great photo opportunity. Like Clingmans Dome, it offers beautiful, breathtaking views. You can choose to take the short drive up to the overlook, or take the skylift to the top. Some of the best photos are taken at dusk, dawn, or night. If you choose to take photos at this time, the mountains will provide hazy blue tints, yet vivid views of the mountains.

This view is also wonderful as the town of Gatlinburg and the miles and miles of forestry is set in the foreground.

About the Author: Kelly is a guest contributor for Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg, providing comfortable cabins, condos, and chalets in Gatlinburg, TN.

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