Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The Park

Here are some of my favorite pictures form the Great Smoky National Park. There is a lot of beautiful things to be seen at the park and with winter rearing it's ugly head,now seems like a great time to get outdoors. Enjoy the stroll through the park!

The old and the young

With moss growing on the trees north side, the tree reminded me of a mother hovering over her young to keep them safe.
With moss growing on the trees north side, the tree reminded me of a mother hovering over her young to keep them safe.

Looking Through

The dense foliage reminded me of alice peeking through the hedges.
The dense foliage reminded me of alice peeking through the hedges. | Source

The Water Cave

Who knows what lived inside the mound by the water? Perhaps a family of beavers?
Who knows what lived inside the mound by the water? Perhaps a family of beavers? | Source

Archaelogocial Dig

This image reminds me of a dig site.
This image reminds me of a dig site. | Source

Out on a limb

Guess how far I had to lean out to get this shot?
Guess how far I had to lean out to get this shot? | Source

Rock Island

Not the ideal place to try and tan LOL
Not the ideal place to try and tan LOL | Source

Night divides the day

"Night divides the day" - Jim Morrison
"Night divides the day" - Jim Morrison | Source

Early Spring Woodlands

In early spring, the greenery is beginning to return to the park and soon, the park will thick with many, hues of green foliage.
In early spring, the greenery is beginning to return to the park and soon, the park will thick with many, hues of green foliage.

Rushing Water

The water rushing across the top of the stone reminded me of how quickly life passes us by.
The water rushing across the top of the stone reminded me of how quickly life passes us by. | Source

Light on the water

The light on the water reminds me of a pod of tadpoles swimming up stream.
The light on the water reminds me of a pod of tadpoles swimming up stream. | Source

Wonderful Hiking Trails

Going for a hike in the park is alwasy fun and so peaceful. The air is clean, the paths are easy to follow and enjoy.
Going for a hike in the park is alwasy fun and so peaceful. The air is clean, the paths are easy to follow and enjoy. | Source

Deep Creek

The stream was low thanks to the drought from last year...still, it is pretty to watch the water rushing over the rocks.
The stream was low thanks to the drought from last year...still, it is pretty to watch the water rushing over the rocks. | Source

Deep Creek River Rocks

Watching the water rush across the stones and listening to the sound is so relaxing to the spirit.
Watching the water rush across the stones and listening to the sound is so relaxing to the spirit. | Source

Cluster of saplings

Finding a group of saplings reminds me that there is still hope for the world.
Finding a group of saplings reminds me that there is still hope for the world. | Source

Clear, clean water

The mountain water running through the park is so pure and clean.
The mountain water running through the park is so pure and clean. | Source

Hiking in the park

The park has plenty of trails to hike but take your time. Some of the best treasures are the smallest flowers you will find.
The park has plenty of trails to hike but take your time. Some of the best treasures are the smallest flowers you will find. | Source

Tiny Flowers

These flowers are actually smaller than a dime.
These flowers are actually smaller than a dime. | Source

Nature Imitating Life

Man running on water...there are so many cool ways nature pokes fun at us.
Man running on water...there are so many cool ways nature pokes fun at us. | Source

Are you thirsty yet?

Talk about clean, clear sparking water. The water in the park leaves one feeling thirsty.
Talk about clean, clear sparking water. The water in the park leaves one feeling thirsty. | Source

Play in the water

Exploring the creek leads to some fantastic views.
Exploring the creek leads to some fantastic views. | Source

One little flower

This little flower was discovered by accident. I was looking at something as but as I zoomed in, I caught a glimpse of this flower.
This little flower was discovered by accident. I was looking at something as but as I zoomed in, I caught a glimpse of this flower. | Source

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Shyla's Nana 5 years ago

These pics of the Great Smoky Mtns National Park are beautiful. My favorite on is of the stick man walking on the water. That was so cool. It is amazing what we can see in nature if only we will take the time to look. Looks like a place I would love to spend some time. Just wondering, are people allowed to go tubing there? Seems like that would be a fun thing to do in the summer. I bet that water is cold, even in the summer lol. Thank you for another great posting. Take care.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

I love Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I used to go their often,when I lived in Alabama. I still have great memories of the park.To people who ask. Yes the water can be very cold at times. Beautiful pictures and a great hub my friend. Voted up.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

This really nice, it remind me of my hub (blondey) on the Arnold Arboretum. Thanks for sharing! :) Nature is always nice to look at!! ;)


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi Schoolgirlforreal...getting outdoors is a great way to have alot of fun and enjoy how pretty nature can really be.


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Dusty Snoke 5 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

Hey, W.K., great pics from my part of the country. I am only a couple of hours for this beautiful area. I love driving up there and enjoying nature.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

The park is a very beautiful place to go to get some peace and quiet. Something about the place is so calm and peaceful.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi Rhonda...the park really is a great place to go and have fun. Folks like to tube down the river but I have better sense than sit in that cold water. LOL


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi Shyla's Nana...tubing is really huge in the park...people seem to really enjoy riding the tubes, cooking out or heading up to the falls. maybe one of these days I'll stop being lazy and hike to the falls to get some pics for this article.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

:) lol

I have beautiful trails where I live also that go on for about a couple miles or so.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

I loved these! My favorite was "Man running on water". That was great!!

It's nice to be reminded of the beauty that is out there, but we often are too busy to notice.

These pictures are just beautiful... oh, and I DID get thirsty! :)


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi surroy333...I'm glad you like the pics. I have a ton of them but I only had time to psot ten...I'll pose more as time permits.


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granniesharon 5 years ago

beautiful


triciajean 5 years ago

Great pictures, W.K. Yes, I'm now thirsty for some clear mountain water. Yes, I want to play in the water, admire the tiny flowers, and walk the hidden paths. What a treat when our area is locked in snow. You hooked me.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you Triciajean,As soon as I can, I will add some more pictures in the near future. The snow has been bad this year and that's why I broke out the park pictures. For me,it's a great way to get outdoors while hoping for warmer days.


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Beth Godwin 5 years ago

I love the Smokey Mountains!! We go in the fall and the leaves are sooo beautiful!! I would like to see it in the Spring. Beautiful pics!

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