These mountains contain some of the most beautiful scenic waterfalls there are, and some of the most photogenic masterpieces of all time.
Often people begin with the state parks and all that they have to offer. The Great Smoky Mountains is no exception, and Mingus Falls is just off the Cherokee Park entrance road. Mingus Falls requires you to hike up quite a number of steps, but it is truly worth your time to do so! This Falls is amazing and it often difficult to photograph due to the falls being cast usually in two different lights. The top half is subject to full sun and the bottom half, usually where most stand and photograph the falls on the bridge, is usually cast in shadow light of the forest. If you get there on an overcast day, where it is not too bright with sun and about ready to rain, and you have a chance to capture the entire falls in similar lighting.
Throughout the park, there are other waterfalls attached to hiking trails and even by the roadside. Any photographer wishing to grasp the flow of waterfalls usually stops by the wayside to capture all the essence they can.
There are even waterfalls more widely known such as Bridal Falls, which is on the way to Highlands from Franklin, NC. At one time vehicles could drive beneath this falls. If you go on a day expecting rain or shortly thereafter a good rainfall, the falls promises a better water flow for your picture!
Driving into the town of Highlands from the Franklin direction, you will notice their lake has a beautiful full cascading falls for the overflow of the lake. There are many waterfalls along the roads to Highlands area as well. Just take a long drive and keep your eyes open!
Some notable smaller waterfalls can be seen in the Joyce Kilmer Park and on the way to Tennessee through the Cherohala Skyway. They can be filmed by the roadside or may require a short hike. Likewise North Georgia has some lovely waterfalls via the roadside as well as available from short hikes.
The point is, if you love Waterfalls, Western North Carolina has plenty of them to keep you busy! Whether you are on a footpath, in a state park, or driving down the road, waterfalls are plentiful and they can be picture perfect!
I am proud to live in the land of the Waterfalls! Someday, I hope you will visit the area and seek out thy waterfalls.
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