From Pigeon Forge, TN from the main parkway, take US321 South towards Weirs Valley & Townsend. In about 8 miles as you get close to Weirs Valley, you will see the entry onto the Foothills Pkwy. At the first big pull off, there are some great views of the GSMNP & opportunity for some great sunset shots
On our first night to visit The Smokies, I use a sun/moon tracking app & found a spot on the Foothills Pkwy. We drove out and found a good spot & waited.Taken with a Nikon D3400 with a Nikkor 18-55mm closing down the aperture as much as possible with a K&F variable ND filter to really slow the shutter down. The camera was set on a tripod & I used a remote to trigger the camera.