From Cherokee NC., take Newfound Gap Road west through the heart of the GSMNP. The Oconaluftee River is easily accessed from the park road, numerous pulloffs are available. Be prepared to leave several hundred yards between yourself and vehicle to locate a possible suitable composition.
The Great Smoky Mountains, along the banks of the Oconaluftee River. Afternoon thundershowers cleansed the atmosphere and provided moisture to make the flora almost seem to have an ethereal glow. The mist rising off the cool waters adds drama to make for a magical moment.