Photography

Best Photos of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Each year we ask national park travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots we’ve received that were taken in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

As the Sun Rises

Misty Morning at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Misty Morning at Cades CoveJonathan Hill
Cades Cove sunrise while deer graze in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The sun rises over grazing deer in Cades CovePatrick Morgan
Black bear up a tree in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Black bear up a treePasquale Mingarelli
Misty mountain sunrise in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Misty mountain sunriseNelson Rudiak
Watching the sunrise from Charlie's Bunion in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Watching the sunrise from Charlie’s BunionAnthony Toribio
Sunrise from Purchase Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sunrise from Purchase KnobPatricia Cox

Afternoon Adventure

Autumn glow on a Smoky Mountain stream
Autumn glow on a Smoky Mountain streamJose Torres
Millipedes on Gabes Mountain Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Millipedes on Gabes Mountain TrailPaul Garland
Children playing while hiking a misty Forney Ridge Trail on Andrew Bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Children playing while hiking a misty Forney Ridge Trail on Andrew BaldLauren Kennedy
Smoky Mountain cascades
Smoky Mountain cascadesTony Wayman
Black bear nursing her cubs in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Black bear nursing her cubsRobert Strickland
Fishing under a canopy of autumn trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fishing under a canopy of autumn treesMatt Waggoner
Henry Whitehead Place in autumn, Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Henry Whitehead Place in autumnLane Rohling

Sunset Moments

Watching the sun set on Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Watching the sun set from Clingmans DomeMary Blair
Scenic Smoky Mountain drive at sunset in autumn
Scenic Smoky Mountain drive at sunset in autumnPatricia Giraldo
Red sunset in Cades Cove
Red sunset in Cades CoveNorman Lathrop
Sunset after the rain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sunset after the rainCourtney Westlake

Night Stars

The night stars over Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The night stars over Clingmans DomePaul Hoying
The Milky Way near Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Milky Way near Clingmans DomeTyler Johns