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Best Photos of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

24-hour Great Smoky Mountains Photo Story

Each year we ask national park travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. From dawn to dusk and the deep darkness of night, here are some of the best Great Smoky Mountains National Park photos 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 Cove by Jonathan Hill
Cades Cove sunrise while deer graze in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The sun rises over grazing deer in Cades Cove by Patrick Morgan
Black bear up a tree in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Black bear up a tree by Pasquale Mingarelli
Misty mountain sunrise in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Misty mountain sunrise by Nelson Rudiak
Watching the sunrise from Charlie's Bunion in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Watching the sunrise from Charlie’s Bunion by Anthony Toribio
Sunrise from Purchase Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sunrise from Purchase Knobby Patricia Cox

Afternoon Adventure

Autumn glow on a Smoky Mountain stream
Autumn glow on a Smoky Mountain stream by Jose 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 Bald by Lauren Kennedy
Smoky Mountain cascades
Smoky Mountain cascades by Tony Wayman
Black bear nursing her cubs in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Black bear nursing her cubs by Robert Strickland
Fishing under a canopy of autumn trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fishing under a canopy of autumn treesby Matt Waggoner
Henry Whitehead Place in autumn, Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Henry Whitehead Place in autumn by Lane Rohling

Sunset Moments

Watching the sun set on Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Watching the sun set from Clingmans Dome by Mary Blair
Scenic Smoky Mountain drive at sunset in autumn
Scenic Smoky Mountain drive at sunset in autumn by Patricia Giraldo
Red sunset in Cades Cove
Red sunset in Cades Cove by Norman Lathrop
Sunset after the rain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sunset after the rain by Courtney Westlake

Night Stars

The night stars over Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The night stars over Clingmans Dome by Paul Hoying
The Milky Way near Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Milky Way near Clingmans Dome by Tyler Johns