The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can get very crowded especially during the peak seasons. In fact, the Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the United States.
Large crowds can be frustrating to photographers trying to capture a waterfall or other composition with a crowd of people in the way. Most of the popular waterfall trailhead are full of cars cars by 9am.
We drove down Tremont Road one morning and had the road almost to ourselves. The road travels next to the Middle Prong Little River and the road is almost at the same level as the river making it easier to compose photos at a height near river level.
There are numerous pullouts along the road with trails that lead down to the river. Here are a few of my favorite spots. However, there are a lot more compositions along this road.
- Cascade Along Tremont Road – 35.6314 N, 83.6835 W
- Mountain Cascades, Tremont Road – 35.6247 N, 83.6820 W
At the end of Tremont Road is the Trailhead for Middle Prong Trail. There is a nice cascade to photograph on the left side of the bridge as you leave the trailhead.
There are also two waterfalls not too far from the trailhead.
- Lower Lynn Camp Falls is about a 1/4 mile from the trailhead. The waterfall is 25 feet tall. It's a moderate climb down to the base of the falls.
- 2/3rds of a mile from the trailhead is Lynn Camp Falls. I found it difficult to photograph the falls from the trail, and it was quite a climb and scramble to get to the base of the falls.
I did find a nice cascade just down the path from the 2nd falls that can be photographed from an outcropped rock.
Written by Martin Belan