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Smoky mountain views

Smoky Mountain views can sometimes be scarce

Smoky Mountain views can be scarce

Smoky Mountain views can be fleeting, especially when hiking the Appalachian Trail or any of the numerous backcountry trails. With a mountain range covered by trees, it can sometimes be difficult to find a spot while on the trail to peak through the trees. Combine the fact that many days in the park are foggy, it can be frustrating to find mountain vistas to photograph.

There are a few spots that guarantee a view like the Mt. Cammerer, Clingman’s Dome, or Mt. Sterling towers. There is also the overlook at Newfound Gap, Charlie’s Bunyon, and the Chimney Tops, but even these places are not guarantees due to the weather. They do not call this place the Great Smoky Mountains for nothing.

Often times, hikers have to settle for shots like the one above. Half of a mountain emerges through a rare bare spot in the trees on a ridge, so you have to take the shot even though it may not be ideal. This was taken from the trail to Laurel Falls.

Where is your favorite view in the Smokies? Feel free to leave a comment.

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