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Pictures of Great Smoky Mountains in Fall and Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Updated on September 20, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

The Great Smoky Mountains in the fall season
The Great Smoky Mountains in the fall season | Source

Vacation in Smoky Mountains

A question posed on HubPages posed the following: "Of all the places you've visited during autumn, what is your favorite?" My response goes back many years to the first of my husband's and my wedding anniversaries when we decided to celebrate it by taking a vacation trip to the Smoky Mountains in the Fall of the year.

This was done because our anniversary just happens to be in late October and also because we wished to see some glorious fall colored leaves. We saw numerous vistas of rolling hills and mountains covered with the deciduous trees that are common in those areas. They were adorned with a spectacle of color that was truly amazing.

It was almost like a giant artist's palette drenched with color had tipped and spilled covering the hills and valleys with unimaginable beauty!

Needless to say our timing was perfect and the photos in this post will share some of what we got to enjoy those many years ago.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I remember hearing from both sets of my grandparents that the Smoky Mountains were a fabulous place to visit when they would be reminiscing about their vacation trips. Thus wanting to go there and experience it for myself was a long time in the making.

When my husband and I started talking about vacation plans, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after a bit of research began to assume more interest for both of us.

We had both been born and spent our early childhoods in the Midwest where the autumn leaves turn resplendent colors before dropping to the ground and leaving the deciduous trees bare branched for the winter months.

Although some trees turn colors in Houston, it was nothing like the masses of color we experienced earlier. We wished to recapture it if even for a relatively few vacation days. So our plans were made.

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Entrance sign of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Entrance sign of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Source

Smoky Mountains

These mountains do not assume the great heights of taller mountains such as the Rockies. For the most part they are gently rolling with heights ranging from 875 to 6,643 feet.

Located between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee our plans were to see portions of this massive park in the Tennessee part of it since we did not have unlimited amounts of time for our vacation.

Our plans were made well in advance knowing that this is the most visited national park in America and that particularly in autumn the numbers of visitors are at an all time high.

We would be seeing only a fraction of the over 800 square miles which make up this park in the southern Appalachian mountains which have a northeast to southwest orientation.

My hubby with the Smoky Mountain autumn leaves as a backdrop.
My hubby with the Smoky Mountain autumn leaves as a backdrop. | Source

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Reservations were made to stay at the Riverhouse Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It would be our "home away from home" for the time spent exploring Gatlinburg as well as parts of the Smoky Mountains.

We loved the fact of it being located along the Little Pigeon River and we could not only see the river from our balcony but also hear it as it rushed and tumbled over the rocks in its path.

Proximity to the sites in Gatlinburg was also within walking distance which made it nice.

Riverhouse Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Riverhouse Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee | Source

Little Pigeon River

Seen below are photos of the Little Pigeon River as viewed from our balcony and also at ground level from our Riverview Motor Lodge motel.

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Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, TennesseeView looking through the railing of our balcony at the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg.Looking down from our balcony at the Little Pigeon RiverLittle Pigeon River seen at ground level from the Riverview Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg.
Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Tennessee | Source
View looking through the railing of our balcony at the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg.
View looking through the railing of our balcony at the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg. | Source
Looking down from our balcony at the Little Pigeon River
Looking down from our balcony at the Little Pigeon River | Source
Little Pigeon River seen at ground level from the Riverview Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg.
Little Pigeon River seen at ground level from the Riverview Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg. | Source

Gatlinburg

In addition to being surrounded on three sides by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this historic town dates back to when William Ogle first laid claim to a home site in 1802. Gatlinburg has now become a mecca for people learning about and also showcasing and selling products that relate to arts and crafts.

Hand carved wooden fruit and bowl from Gatlinburg
Hand carved wooden fruit and bowl from Gatlinburg | Source

Whether one is interested in woodcarving, ceramics, glass objects, drawing, painting or photography that and so much more can be found in the Gatlinburg area.

My husband and I purchased some of the most beautiful and decorative candles to be given as gifts that we had ever seen. We also purchased some stunning hand carved wooden pieces of fruit and a hand turned bowl that we gave to my husband's mother. She died a number of years ago and it is now back in our home. The candles are long gone but the bowl of fruit remains as a souvenir of our long ago visit to Gatlinburg.

There are so many choices of things to do and see while in this area!

Obviously as you can see from the video above, if you like hand-made articles and even like to watch the craftsmen working on creating new ones right before your eyes Gatlinburg is a shopper's paradise.

Taking the Gatlinburg ski lift one day my husband and I got to experience a totally different perspective view from the top of the mountain looking down upon the town. It was my first experience riding a ski lift and it was exhilarating.

Sky Lift views in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Looking down from the top of the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, TNViews of Gatlinburg from aboveView of going up the mountain on the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg
Looking down from the top of the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, TN
Looking down from the top of the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, TN | Source
Views of Gatlinburg from above
Views of Gatlinburg from above | Source
View of going up the mountain on the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg
View of going up the mountain on the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg | Source

Clingmans Dome

If one wishes to view the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from its highest point as we did, visiting Clingmans Dome is a must. The road getting there is scenic and offers pull-out areas along the way for people to get out of their vehicles and admire the scenery.

Clingmans Dome (viewed a different time of year)

Obviously there are also many trails that can be hiked throughout the Smoky Mountains to suit any hikers' interest or level of endurance.

We traversed the steep half-mile walk to the top of the tower and were rewarded with a 360 degree view of the Smokies at an elevation of 6,643 feet. Depending upon weather conditions one can see vistas which can range from near or even as far as one hundred miles away.

The humidity and frequent rainfall which falls in the Smoky Mountains, averaging more there than anywhere outside of the Pacific northwest parts of the U.S., accounts for a perpetual misty or hazy look thus the "smoky" part of the name. Unfortunately today pollution also accounts for some of this.

My husband and I enjoyed our hike to the top of Clingmans Dome and enjoyed some pretty scenery as can be seen via our photos.

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Scenery viewed from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountain National ParkClingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Scenery viewed from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Scenery viewed from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountain National Park | Source
Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountain National Park | Source

Christus Gardens

This site that we visited in October of 1971 had been closed in January of 2008 and was supposed to have been demolished to make way for more condominiums to be built on that spot. That did not take place. It has reopened on the same location and is now known as Christ in the Smokies.

It is located near the Sky Lift in Gatlinburg and we thought that we would see what this attraction held inside of its doors.

The face of Jesus carved into the massive six ton hunk of carrara marble outside seems to follow one no matter which way one walks.

Inside there are life sized figures, paintings, music and things of interest showing aspects of the life of Jesus Christ.

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Christus Gardens in GatlinburgInside view of Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg
Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg
Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg | Source
Inside view of Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg
Inside view of Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg | Source

Flora and Fauna

There is so much that could occupy one's time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that it would take numerous vacations to take in all that there is to see and do.

Each season of the year would create a different atmosphere with the hundred or so species of native trees about one quarter of which are old growth forests.

My husband took this photo of me posing among the trees in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
My husband took this photo of me posing among the trees in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park | Source
  • Plant species number over 1500!
  • Bird watchers would be in 7th heaven with 200 or so species of birds reported in the Smokies.
  • Fishermen would be pleased to know that native fish number around fifty.
  • Mammals range from the large elk and black bears to the smaller chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits. In fact, a listing of all the animals in the park would number 66 according to accounts.
  • And there are reptiles and amphibians!

One such amphibian called a Hellbender Salamander has been found that measured 29 inches! Yikes! The little guys that live around our house in Houston, Texas would be dwarfed by a big guy like that!

The biodiversity of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has encouraged the United Nations to designate it as an International Biosphere Reserve. It is no wonder with all of the numerous things that can be studied and researched coming from this unique area.

Things to do

We barely scratched the surface of things to do and see not only in Gatlinburg but also in the Smoky Mountain National Park.

Some of the outdoor activities would include the following...

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • White water rafting
  • Skiing
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • Bicycling
  • Photography, etc.

Autumn leaves

We not only got to see spectacular autumn leaves that year but also beautiful natural scenery. It is no wonder that it is the most visited national park in America!

The Great Smoky Mountains have so much allure that visitors from far and wide will be longing to go there for as long as man exists on this planet. Would I like to return someday to see and do more? Absolutely!

Hopefully you enjoyed this introduction to this spectacular part of our country.

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Fall photo of me in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 1971
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Autumn leaves in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
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      Peggy Woods 2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I well remember the wondrous fall colors when we lived in Wisconsin as you do from more northern climes. We get a little bit of color in the south but nothing to compare with the north. Sending angels your way today!

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      Patricia Scott 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy

      I cannot resist coming back here in the fall....I do so miss the changing of the seasons....the leaves are glorious....I spent my youth in such beauty and do miss it so your sharing helps me get my 'fix' so to speak.

      Happy Thursday Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      From what you indicated Raleigh, NC must also be beautiful in the Fall. I grew up as a child in the Midwest and while there are no mountains there, the fall colors are spectacular. This country of ours holds much beauty!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Peggy It truly is one of nature's great offerings in fall. The country side is adorned in beautiful colors that defy description the only other place I have visited that came close was Raleigh, NC, in fall. It was AMAZING. It was as if a rainbow had suddenly fallen in the area leaving the most brilliant hues for us to be captivated by.

      Thanks for sharing this Peggy.

      Hoping all is well with you and yours ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Reynold Jay,

      Living in Michigan you should be seeing some nice fall colors about now. Of course the Smoky Mountains are a favorite place to visit during this time of year. Am sure you would truly enjoy it!

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I love places like this. FAV for this as I may wish to drive down there!! Well done!!!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Glenis,

      How very interesting that you learned how to spin wool to make socks while in that girl's school! It is nice to know that those types of crafts are still being kept alive in some places. As to the Gatlinburg area...it is certainly glorious in the fall season! So happy to know that you enjoyed this hub.

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      GlenR 2 years ago from UK

      Spectacular pictures. It looks a wonderful place to visit.

      (Enjoyed the video of a lady spinning - I attended a girls school which was founded as a school where the girls were required to spin wool for socks to earn their education. Our school logo was a spinning wheel and one very similar to that in your video stood in our school library. Pleased to see that the craft is still alive).

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rachel,

      The Smoky Mountains are truly beautiful particularly in the fall season. Your locale with the Endless Mountains sound pretty as well. I would imagine that you are seeing some color about now. Glad you enjoyed seeing these old photos.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peggy, I loved your photos. The fall season is my favorite season. I would love to see the Smokey Mountains in person. Here in NE PA we have the Endless Mountains, they are beautiful also. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      I had to Google "Rocky Top" as I had never previously heard it. Cute little song. The videos I found to insert in this hub had more to do what we had actually gotten to view while in that beautiful part of the country those many years ago. Have you spent much time in the Smoky Mountains?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sujaya venkatesh,

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed this article about the Smoky Mountains.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Peggy, Love your pictures they are so beautiful, I love the Smoky Mountains also. I would love your hub even more if you put the video "Rocky Top" on here.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      interesting info with beautiful pics

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      It is sad indeed. The other two bus students and the driver are still in the hospital following that traffic accident in Houston this morning. I will bet that parents will give their kids an extra hug and kiss before sending them off to the next school day after this tragedy today. We must all appreciate each day as it comes. I know you know that better than many people! Thanks for the angel wishes.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      So sorry to hear of the bus crash that claimed two young lives....there really are no words that change anyting.....just wanted you to know that Angels are on the way...ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi David,

      Those trees are so pretty particularly in the fall. We do not live nearby but live in Houston, Texas which is a lush green location normally speaking. A few years ago we had a serious drought which killed a number of trees, etc. In more normal years we get a good amount of rain and humidity. Green and even flowering plants can be seen year round. We have everything from deciduous trees to pines to palm trees that grow here.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      I love the different shades of the trees. Great photos, I wish I could live in a green an fresh place like that. Do you live nearby?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      It has been almost 44 years since we last vacationed there in the fall season. So glad I have these old photos to jog my memory of just how beautiful a place it is in that special season. Nice that it has only been 12 years for you since you have last visited. Blessings to you and your family. Thanks for the shares.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O Peggy, yes it is a glorious place to visit with endless beauty especially in the fall. I have not been back in about 12 years so this makes me really want to return and enjoy that lovely place in our country.

      Thank you so much for sharing the lovely photos with it...really wanting a return visit. :D

      Angels are once again headed your way bringing hugs and blessings ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I did not realize that Asheville, N.C. was the place of your birth. No wonder you long to go to the mountains particularly in the fall season of year! Such beauty there! Hope you have a very happy birthday today!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Did I ever tell you was born in Asheville, N.C.? Whenever Fall arrives, I long to go back to the mountains of my birth.

      Thanks for the lovely article and photos.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      I am sure you would have a wonderful time if your plans take you to the Smoky Mountains this fall. Enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      The colors in the Smoky Mountains in the fall season of year are spectacular as they are in the Midwest. Of course the rolling hills and mountains add to the allure. There are a few trees that have really good color down here but they are not as plentiful as they are in other parts of the country.

      Our temps are not quite as hot because of getting some rain of late. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and thanks for the share.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      So beautiful! I have been wanting to go up that way in the fall. Maybe this year. Thanks for sharing this!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      It's so nice that fall is nearly here. I love all the beautiful colors and your photos atest to the great views you had on your trip. Of course we rarely have all those colors here in Texas. Shades of yellow is more like it here unless we have a severe drought, and that seems to make for brighter more varied colors of leaves.

      This is a great trip for anyone who has a vacation coming up. Meanwhile we are looking at 100 degrees Saturday and Sunday. :( Hope you are staying cool! Sharing this great article of course.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Blackspaniel1,

      There are lots of deciduous trees in addition to evergreens and the fall season for that reason draws many visitors. Hope you get a chance to experience it someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I am surprised at the color change considering the number of evergeens there are. It would be a nice trip to make in the fall.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Perspycacious,

      Thanks for the anniversary wishes. We just celebrated our 44th!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Happy Anniversary!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Marcia,

      That is lovely that you have been to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain National Park so many times that you almost consider it to be a second home. Lucky you! Glad you liked this hub. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JayeWisdom,

      Nice that your mom and step-dad got to enjoy that cabin for many years. Those mountain streams and other sites are so gorgeous. Glad you got to visit there and you now have those memories.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DealForALiving,

      So happy to know that you liked these photos of the Smoky Mountains.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Torrs13,

      Now that you live in North Carolina it should not be that far a trip to perhaps visit the Gatlinburg area. It and the Smoky Mountains are something worth seeing any time of year but are spectacular in the fall.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      Glad this brought back memories of your own trip through that part of our country. Enjoy your photo albums!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for the shares! Visiting this area when the leaves are turning colors makes it even that much more of a spectacular time. I will never forget doing it!

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      mours sshields 3 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      I just love this area! Our favorite part of the park is Cades Cove! I've been down there many times, ever since I was a kid. It's like a second home to me. Thanks for sharing!

      Marcia Ours

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I enjoyed the photos and the text, Peggy. My late mom and stepdad lived for several years in the foothills of the Smokies--just before entering the park--before his health became too bad to live on a mountain. I often visited them when the leaves were turning, and we would drive to and through Cades Cove, Tennessee to see the wildlife. I especially loved the many mountain streams with cool water flowing over huge stones in leafy shade. My mom dearly loved her cottage in the mountains and talked about it for years after she left it behind. Thanks for taking me on a trip back to that region.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      These are some really beautiful pictures you've taken. Thanks for sharing the Smokey Mountains with us.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      What a beautiful place! I live in North Carolina now and have heard a lot about Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but I just hasn't had a chance to make it over there. I do get to spend some time now and then in the North Carolina mountains, but that always seems to be when I'm working. Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this place with us.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a gorgeous place to celebrate your anniversary. There was one vacation where I shared a car trip through this area with friends. What a wonderful area of the country. Now I want to pull out my picture albums and postcards from there and revisit. I loved your photos of the beautiful scenery and the ones of you were so precious, Peggy.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Just about that time when a trip through the Smokey Mountains would be a great little vacation before the leaves fall. Those people who live close by are so lucky because they can just take a day or a weekend trip. I'm told the leaves are later than usual this year, but I shouldn't think it would be much longer before they are peaking. Still time to plan a trip if a person can spare a few days from their usual activities.

      Posted this on FB, pinned to Awesome HubPages, and shared on HP.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ayo,

      I hope that now that your children are gone you and your husband can visit the Smokey Mountains as you wish. It would make for a wonderful vacation. Best wishes!

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      Ayo 4 years ago

      Haven't been alone on vacation with my huabnsd in 33 years! Our last of 8 children just left home. This would be an amazing thing to do to usher ourselves into a new season in our lives

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Raymond Bureau,

      I have only been there the one time but would enjoy going back. Nice that you get to go more often to the Gatlinburg area. It is so pretty and fun!

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      Raymond Bureau 4 years ago

      My wife and Ireally enjoy Gatlinburg. We have made four trips there and will likely keep going.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      Nice that you have seen parts of the Smoky Mountains as well as the Biltmore Estate near Ashville, N.C. which is another fabulous place to see and tour. I was there many years ago with my mother and young niece. I have an aunt and uncle who live in N.C. not too far away from the Biltmore Estate. Appreciate your comment, votes and shares.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Peggy,

      This is an awesome hub with spectacular pictures which I find very interesting. I visited the Smokey Mountains in 2002 and remember staying in Pigeon Forge for a couple of nights. Pigeon Forge seemed a little bit like Brandon, Missouri, what with Dollywood and other performances of music from times past. I also drove up to Knoxville and the University of Tennessee which isn't too far from Pigeon Forge. The drive through the Smokies was really pretty. I remember going there at the end of May. I also visited the Biltmore Estate near Ashville which is right on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      It is a wonderful place to visit in the Fall season with all of the glorious colors as well as the beauty of the land. Thanks!

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      This looks like a gorgeous place to visit in the fall! Voted up, awesome and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes it is not too early to make reservations if one is planning on securing rooms in the Gatlinburg area or elsewhere in the Smoky Mountains when the colored leaves draw huge numbers of tourists each year. The colors are spectacular!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Almost autumn when the leaves will be beautiful again. A good time to start planning a trip to the mountains to see the gorgeous colors. Came back to pin this great hub to my 'Travel' board!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi TIMETRAVELER2,

      Gatlinburg is a lovely area and since you lived only a half hour drive away, I can surmise the same for your area. Glad that this article regarding the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg brought back happy memories for you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mike Robbers,

      So happy to know that you liked these photos from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park taken in the Fall. That is a beautiful season in which to visit this scenic place. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret (mperrottet),

      Hope that your travels take you to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Fall of the year sometime. I know that you will enjoy the wonderful scenery. Thanks for your votes and comment plus the share. :))

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gus,

      There are still places like that...and good thing!...in other places around the USA. Nice to know that when driving through mountainous areas there are places where we can give our vehicle brakes or gears a rest. The Interstate Highways have improved travel substantially from one place to another. Obviously you have been to the Smoky Mountains. Did you visit Gatlinburg in the Fall or other time of year? Thanks for your comment.

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      Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

      This brought back lovely memories for me as I used to live and teach school in Newport, TN which is just a half hour ride from Gatlinburg. Definitely a lovely area and a neat article. Thanks for the memories.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Am sure that you will enjoy your trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park when you go someday. If you can plan your trip for the Fall you will be rewarded with spectacular colors such as we got to see. Of course it is the most crowded time of year...but for good reason. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We did visit the Gatlinburg area at the peak of colors in the Great Smoky Mountains as you can tell from these photos. Nice that you have been to the area when it still had some color. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes and share. :))

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Wow, the pictures are marvelous, Peggy! Voted up & beautiful! Cheers!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      This is one one of the places that I haven't yet visited. I'd love to go in autumn - I'll bet it's fabulous. What a great hub - full of beautiful photos and lots of information. Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and shared.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Neighbor Peggy -

      Enjoyed your great article and all of its graphics. Back before the the Interstate Highways eased the way through those mountains, driving up the hills was tough on our motors - and descending on the other side was tough on the brakes. There was one long up-road near Gatlinburg with automobile "resting areas" on the way up. Those were the days, so to speak.

      Gus :-)))

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautiful! I have ridden on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall, but I have yet to go to GSMNP. I plan to do that soon! Great Hub!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Great photos and videos as always! That butterfly in the first video was especially pretty. I've been in the Great Smokies in the late autumn on Blueridge Pkwy, and I don't remember the leaves being quite so colorful. Was probably just past their peak. This looks like it would be a great trip. Fabulous hub as always. Your photos are always out of this world!

      Gave you 5 more stars and voted up, BAUI. Will share!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Jason Matthews,

      So glad that you liked this hub about the wonderful Smoky Mountains in Autumn and about the Gatlinburg area. It is such a scenic area...and especially pretty in the Fall of the year. Appreciate your comment and vote up.

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      Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

      LOVE IT! Great hub, awesome pictures, thorough detail. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tlmcgaa70,

      Visiting the Gatlinburg area in the Fall made for a great and memorable vacation. Nice that you have experienced the wonderful fall colors out east, at least once. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      what a wonderful vacation that must have been, and some lovely pics to, thank you for shairng. i was on the east coast during fall once, virginia or west virginia, cant remember now and it was incredible. awesome hub, voted up and across

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Nice to be able to show you some of the beauty on this side of the Atlantic. Thanks for your comment on this Smoky Mountain hub from the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area of our country. It is particularly beautiful in the Fall.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant as always Peggy.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant as always Peggy.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Some kind of glitch, perhaps. I know...I have been reading your good hubs for years also. Glad that you liked this one about the Gatlinburg area in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is spectacularly beautiful in the Fall of the year. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I haven't been in Gatlinburg in several years but looking at your gorgeous pictures makes me long to return. This is an awesome hub.

      For some reason I was not marked as one of your followers and this has happened to me a couple of times. I can't understand what happened but glad to be officially a follower again since I have read your hubs for years! I really enjoyed this one.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cathleena,

      What a beautiful spot in which to spend your honeymoon...the Smoky Mountains, and in particular the Gatlinburg area. Glad that this brought back happy memories for you! Thanks for your comment.

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      I love the Great Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My husband and I spent our honeymoon there over 20 years ago. What a beautiful barred owl. Your photos bring back happy memories. Awesome hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      The Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg area of Tennessee is surely beautiful as these photos show. So much more to see and do there! Appreciate your comment.

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      judio 5 years ago

      No wonder so many people are retiring to TN.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Another area...but when we were driving through the Tetons and also Yellowstone National Park the same situation existed. If suddenly there were a bunch of cars on the side of the road, you could bet that there were moose or buffalo or some other animals to be spotted.

      Similarly, during the bluebonnets blooming time in Texas...same scenario. Great fields of bluebonnets and other wildflowers to be photographed or enjoyed if suddenly there appears to be a log jam of cars on the side of the road.

      Thanks for your additional comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hope so Peggy. And if you see a bunch of cars off side the road when driving through nothing but forest- there's a cub bear in the tree!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Your neck of the woods is certainly a pretty one! Cades Cove sounds lovely...perhaps on another visit sometime it can be seen. Thanks for your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Well Peggy, your in my backyard now! The Great Smokies are a treasure and a fabulous place to visit like you Grans said. What an awesome place to take one's first honeymoon. Wish y'all could have seen Cade's Cove in the park, it's a bit out of the way but well worth it. Great to see this hub Peggy, and what a fine close up of you too!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      What a gorgeous part of the country in which you were born, that of Ashville, N.C. Glad that this hub about the Smoky Mountains brought back so many happy memories for you. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sgbrown,

      I love Fall colors also. Glad to know that you enjoyed this hub about Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Thanks for your comments and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello oliversmum,

      That is one nice thing about the Internet and HubPages...we can enjoy sites from around the world while at our computer. So glad that you enjoyed this look at the Smoky Mountains in the Fall of the year on our trip of many years ago. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      Getting to listen to the Little Pigeon River babbling away just outside our room in Gatlinburg was so relaxing a sound. It was a beautiful trip. If I could magically transport you there...zap!...you'd be there now enjoying the same sights and sounds. Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this hub with others. Appreciate it! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Peggy, you brought back wonderful memories for me with your informative, beautiful Hub. I was born in Asheville, N.C. and grew up loving the Smoky Mountains. It truly is a beautiful place. You did a wonderful job with this Hub. I loved the videos. I think this should be a Hub of the Day! Thanks for taking me back many years. I voted this UP, etc.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great pictures! Looks like a wonderful vacation place in the fall. I LOVE fall colors! Voted up and interesting. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      Peggy W Hi.Every time I read your travel hubs,they make me feel like I'm there.

      The Smokey Mountains are incredibly beautiful,and the photographs are out of this world.

      So many different species of wildlife and other things that you can do.

      It is autumn here at the moment and the colors of the falling leaves are wonderful,but no where near as spectacular as in your photo,s.

      It,s a shame we are so very far away,would dearly love to visit.

      Thank you for all the information on this beautiful mountain and your personal experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.Voted up and Awesome.:):)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, how lovely to stay in a lodge next to the river that sounds so idyllic.

      The mountains look fabulous and the autumn colours breathtaking, how I would love to visit!

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful time in the Great smokey mountains national park.

      Voted up and awesome and shared.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello aslaught,

      I guess others agree with your assessment because it is always much more crowded in the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg in the Fall of the year. Reservations should be made well in advance if planning a trip at that time of year. Thanks for your comment. Nice to be able to see it at all times of the year!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lee,

      Thanks so much for your comment! It is nice to be able to share places that we have enjoyed...like this one about the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg...in the Autumn season of the year with others who may or may not have been there.

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      aslaught 5 years ago from Alabama

      One of my favorite places in this country is The Great Smokey Mountians. I live in Alabama, therefore, me and my family have made numerous trips to the Smokies and we never get tired of it. I've been there all times of the year, Summer, fall and winter and Fall is definitely my favorite. Great hub!!

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      Lee Lassus 5 years ago

      Hi Peggy, the pictures are beautiful. You have a gift for writing about places in such a way that we all want to go there. Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading all your hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Darlene,

      Maybe you can take a day or two extra to spend some time in Gatlinburg the next time for that R & R. It would be nice for you and Jerry! Thanks for your comment.

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      Darlene 5 years ago

      We go near Gatlinburg on our trips to KY. Your photos make me want to stop off for some R&R.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      You certainly live in a gorgeous part of the country! I have never been to Dollywood but would certainly like to return to see more of the Smoky Mountains someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      This is an awesome hub. I live an hour the other side of Nashville from Gatlinburg and it looks much the same. We like to go there when we get a chance.

      We went to Pigeon Forge to Dollywood one year when the kids were all home and spent several days. That town is nothing but a giant amusement park. The traffic in both is ridiculous now and it works good to take the trolleys to look around. They are open air trolleys and quite fun to ride on.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      How disappointing to hear that your autumn colors were not as grand as usual in your "neck of the woods." There is always next year to look forward to! The Smoky Mountains always put on a grand show from year to year which is why tourists like going there. Thanks for your comment, vots and share.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy. Great scenic pictures. I've never been to that part of the country but mountains are always attractive.Autumn colors here were a disappointment this year.That motorlodge looks like a nice setting. Voted up, awesome and interesting. will share.