friendsofthesmokies Photos & Videos

1 hour ago

Time after time I have walked and driven by this spot... And time after time I could see a photograph of it that I wanted but the elements have just never lined up the way that I needed. It's not perfect, but today was the first time that I was able to create a photograph that's at least similar to the one in my mind. Chances are, it'll never be exactly right. I'm well aware that the expectations and goals that I set for myself are much greater than any that others could ever possibly toss my way... But, it is that never-ending desire to grow and to share these beautiful hills and valleys that keep my fire fueled and my focus on my why. So... Until I can capture a better image... Here... Is the 💙 of the Smokies.

9 hours ago

Every time I summit LeConte, I bring a stone from the base. At the top of Mount LeConte is a pile of rocks. There was a club in the Smoky Mountains that hiked bags of rocks to the top of LeConte, attempting to make it the tallest mountain in the Smokies. They were just 47 feet short of their goal. #appalachianmountains #hiking #hikingadventures #nationalparkservice #nps #beanoutsider #greatoutdoors #optoutside #getoutstayout #getoutandexplore #goexplore #neverstopexploring #adventure #takemoreadventures #roamtheplanet #wanderlust #travel #smokies #gsmnp #gatlinburg #adventurethatislife #thegreatsmokymountains #friendsofthesmokies #smokymountains #hikethesmokies #thegreatoutdoors #nature #hikingadventures #mountains #leconte

16 hours ago

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17 hours ago

Mount Cammerer observed from the foothills Parkway in Cosby Tennessee

17 hours ago

Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in Tennessee and the highest point of the Appalachian trail. During season, Vistas are accessible by simply driving to the parking area or a number of trail heads start from here. One of our favorite photo subjects is this majestic hemlock. A victim of the woolly adelgid, It’s silhouette screams “Immortalize me in a photo!!” We even gave it a name #TheDomeCombTree. @adamgravett in frame. 📷 @smokyshiker

1 day ago

:: glad we got so much hiking in these last 2 years! This year we’ve had to take it a bit slower for baby 3, next year I’m sure it’ll be the same story because hiking with a newborn is kinda hard, but the following year I hope we are out hiking every weekend! It’s why I moved here from Florida! Mountains ⛰!!! :: #tbt

1 day ago

On a foggy cloudy morning, as time passes the mysteries of the trail only increase! The Enchanted Forest section of Alum Cave Trail on top of Mount Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

1 day ago

Sunrise from the fire tower on Mt Cammerer in the great Smoky Mountains national Park............It’s been my observation that sunrise happens very early in the morning. Most of our favorite spots are several miles up the mountain so we’re asked all the time, “When should you leave the trail head?” First, you should know your trail pace and abilities. It would be very difficult to go alone for a first night hike and successfully set your time for departure. Secondly, you need to know when sunrise is going to happen so you can allow an extra 30 minutes, often times the best shots happen before the sun breaks the horizon. there are several apps concerning whether which can help you with sunrise or you can simply Google it. Thirdly, I suggest you travel with a headlamp, a handheld light, and a friend 😊 @aozphotos in frame 📷: @adamgravett

1 day ago

Sorry for not posting in a few weeks I haven’t really left my apartment very much unless it was to get food or hang out with my brother. Here’s a picture of the stars that I took like 3 months ago.

2 days ago

This summer has made me hate running, but I'll still wake up early on my day off to run Cades Cove. (And trust me, I use the term 'run' very loosely here.) You simply can't beat those views.

2 days ago

Never gets old

2 days ago

:: we rolled down the window and sang to the deer. She actually stayed and listened for awhile! 🦌::

2 days ago

There are many different reasons of why we all seek the mountains. Some to escape from the ordinary and forget about problems back at home. Others for some exercising and to catch some fresh air, or to feel like they’re on top of the world for a moment. Among many others. 🔻What is your reason? 📷 @adventurousdiego • 📍Blue Ridge Parkway, Tennessee 🇺🇸

2 days ago

Grotto falls is an extremely popular destination on the Trillium Gap Trail. It's 1.4 miles from parking in the Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail. This was within the negotiated range with my 7-year-old so we took a great family hike. . . The trail is fairly easy and is being refurbished (with reduced ability to use it except on the weekends for now). Although longer it was quite a bit easier than the trail to Spruce Flatts Falls and took about the same amount of time. . . Grotto Falls is extremely popular and even though we got a moderately early start it was pretty crowded. There was plenty of water coming over and with judicious placement of rocks and waiting for the right moment, I managed to grab a shot of the falls without all the hikers. . . #grottofalls #waterfallwednesday #waterfall #gsmnp #visitncsmokies #visitgatlinburg #gatlinburg #greatsmokymountains #lovencsmokies #friendsofthesmokies #trailful #instagramtennessee #thenationalparkspass #visitmysmokies #national_park_photography #nationalparklife #waterfallsfordays

2 days ago

This past weekend me, @aozphotos and @adamgravett went to this off trail beauty. Mannis Branch Falls. Go check out our adventure page @upnadamadventures where we will be highlighting more of our behind the scenes and the adventure side of our hikes. Hope you all enjoy it.

2 days ago

Happy #waterfallwednesday everyone. The Adam's hanging out at mannis branch falls this past weekend. A wonderful off trail falls.

2 days ago

Long days of summer are slipping away as the sun sets over Douglas Lake in the foothills of the Smokies.

2 days ago

Last minute trip up Leconte after work on Monday paid off, while waiting for sunset near Cliff Tops I hear this owl land in a tree about 25 yards away. Had to double check my eyes(initially thought it was a crow), quietly scramble to change lenses and settings then positioned myself to get a good angle on him. . . . . . #gsmnp #smokies #greatsmokymountains #gatlinburg #friendsofthesmokies #hiketn #hikenc #visittennessee #visitgatlinburg #visitmysmokies #brysoncity #barredowl #owlsofinstagram #owlstagram_feature #blueridgemoments #865life #nikon #lovencsmokies   #owl #blueridgeoutdoors #national_park_photograpy #nationalparklife #nationalparkgeek #tristaradventures #instagramtennessee #thenationalparkspass #surftennessee #ncoutdoorculture #onlyintennessee   #homesweettn

2 days ago

The Noah "Bud" Ogle farm and cabin, which was built in 1879, is a testament to the resilience of nature and the structures from our past. ⁠ ⁠ The fires that burned much of the area in late 2016 spared this cabin, but it came close. There is evidence of the heat and fire in parts of the structure. ⁠ ⁠ The surrounding area had several sections of the forest that were consumed by the fires. In less that 3 years, it is hard to tell that there was ever a fire in that section. The undergrowth has made quite a recovery and nature is starting to completely heal over in those once charred areas.⁠ ⁠ #budogle #cabin #greatsmokymountains #nationalpark #gatlinburg #gatlinburgstrong #historiclandmark #historiccabin #tennesseelife #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #roaringfork #friendsofthesmokies #smokymountainassociation #gsmnp #nationalparks #smokymountains #noahogleplace #noahoglecabin #visitgatlinburg #visitmysmokies #historicplaces #greatsmokymountainsassociation #naturaltennessee #instagramtennessee #national_park_photography #landscapephotograpy #instagramtennessee #865life

3 days ago

Don't miss this great event with our Friends @sugarlandsshine Sept. 27 at the Mill and Mine! Roaming Man, An Elevated Evening, is a journey through handcrafted whiskey cocktails, and includes an Appalachian supper and pig roast, whiskey-barrel aged beer collaborations, the Sugarlands Cocktail Competition and a silent auction to benefit Friends of the Smokies! Tickets are limited. Get your 🎟️ today: ⠀ #sipsup #SugarlandsShine #Sugarlands #RoamingMan #Whiskey #TNWhiskey #FriendsoftheSmokies #SmokiesFriends #Knoxville #KnoxvilleTN #GSMNP

3 days ago

Join us for the inaugural Smokies Cup, presented by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club! Register at Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. This exciting new event will raise funds to ensure that America’s most-visited national park is preserved and protected for generations to come. Smokies Cup is hosted by Tim and Marilyn Wright, and sponsored by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, Henco Reprographics, Webb Investment Services, Wright Family Custom Homes, Beverly-Hanks, Realtors - Western North Carolina Real Estate, MATH Insurance Service, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine and support by Cackalacky. #smokiescup #sportingclays #biltmoreestate #smokies #clayshooting #friendsofthesmokies #asheville

3 days ago

“With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬

3 days ago

Do you or someone you know love sporting clays? Our inaugural Smokies Cup will be held on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club in Asheville, NC. Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. Help us spread the word about this great event to raise funds to help protect and preserve the Smokies! Information + Registration can be found here: ⠀ ⠀ #sportingclays #clayshooting #biltmore #smokies #friendsofthesmokies #smokiescup #asheville

3 days ago

:: all the pretty little horses 🐎::

3 days ago

Sunrise from Clingmans Dome featuring #TheDomeCombTree . Yesterday I had the privilege of enjoying this sunrise with a friend and fellow brand ambassador of @tristaradventures @solitarytravelerphoto . I learned something new every time we get together. If you follow me and have read this far, do yourself a favor and check out his work. You will not be disappointed!

3 days ago

Phones? Where we’re going, we don’t need phones!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Happy National Radio Day!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ In areas where cell phone reception doesn’t reach, radio communication becomes vital. From field crews working in both the front and backcountry, to Law Enforcement Rangers conducting Search and Rescue operations, park staff relies heavily on radio communications to complete their assignments. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Special thanks to #FriendsoftheSmokies for their recent help in raising $1.5 million to upgrade our emergency radio systems in the park!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For more information regarding the Smokies Trails forever program visit:⁣⁣⁣ #trailstuesday ⁣ ⁣ NPS Photo; Image descriptions: Trail Crew member on Mt. Leconte utilizing a radio to communicate with her crew.

4 days ago

Trying to figure out these forest shots in black and white.

4 days ago

The innermost workings of myself call to me in these moments

4 days ago

:: Autumn? Is that you? We went further up the mountain and the trees seem to be getting ready for Fall early! If only the weather would agree 🍁🍂::

4 days ago

:: so many animal tracks in the dirt! We had fun identifying them all! Then we went into the woods to look for mushrooms!! ::