From Gatlinburg, TN, start into the Smokies Park on Hwy 441. The road takes you to the top of the mountain to Newfound Gap. A road leaves Newfound Gatp to Clingman's Dome - 7 miles.
In autumn, the smog has cleared out making viewing much clearer. Before sunrise is the best time to be on top of the mountain. The quiet is fantastic. The fog is lying around waiting for the sun to rise. www.smokymountainphotos.com
Before the sun rose, fog was lying around the base of the mountain.