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Just saw a post of the Mingus Mill near Oconaluftee Visitor's Center in GSMNP & had to post my picture. #gsmnp #thesmokies #friendsofthesmokies #gatlinburg #visitmysmokies

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There are many different reasons of why we all seek the mountains. Some to escape from the ordinary and forget about problems back at home. Others for some exercising and to catch some fresh air, or to feel like they’re on top of the world for a moment. Among many others. 🔻What is your reason? 📷 @adventurousdiego • 📍Blue Ridge Parkway, Tennessee 🇺🇸

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Grotto falls is an extremely popular destination on the Trillium Gap Trail. It's 1.4 miles from parking in the Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail. This was within the negotiated range with my 7-year-old so we took a great family hike. . . The trail is fairly easy and is being refurbished (with reduced ability to use it except on the weekends for now ). Although longer it was quite a bit easier than the trail to Spruce Flatts Falls and took about the same amount of time. . . Grotto Falls is extremely popular and even though we got a moderately early start it was pretty crowded. There was plenty of water coming over and with judicious placement of rocks and waiting for the right moment, I managed to grab a shot of the falls without all the hikers. . . #grottofalls #waterfallwednesday #waterfall #gsmnp #visitncsmokies #visitgatlinburg #gatlinburg #greatsmokymountains #lovencsmokies #friendsofthesmokies #trailful #instagramtennessee #thenationalparkspass #visitmysmokies #national_park_photography #nationalparklife #waterfallsfordays

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This past weekend me, @aozphotos and @adamgravett went to this off trail beauty. Mannis Branch Falls. Go check out our adventure page @upnadamadventures where we will be highlighting more of our behind the scenes and the adventure side of our hikes. Hope you all enjoy it.

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10 hours ago

Happy #waterfallwednesday everyone. The Adam's hanging out at mannis branch falls this past weekend. A wonderful off trail falls.

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10 hours ago

Long days of summer are slipping away as the sun sets over Douglas Lake in the foothills of the Smokies.

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Last minute trip up Leconte after work on Monday paid off, while waiting for sunset near Cliff Tops I hear this owl land in a tree about 25 yards away. Had to double check my eyes(initially thought it was a crow ), quietly scramble to change lenses and settings then positioned myself to get a good angle on him. . . . . . #gsmnp #smokies #greatsmokymountains #gatlinburg #friendsofthesmokies #hiketn #hikenc #visittennessee #visitgatlinburg #visitmysmokies #brysoncity #barredowl #owlsofinstagram #owlstagram_feature #blueridgemoments #865life #nikond750 #lovencsmokies #owl #blueridgeoutdoors #national_park_photograpy #nationalparklife #nationalparkgeek #tristaradventures #instagramtennessee #thenationalparkspass #surftennessee #ncoutdoorculture #onlyintennessee #homesweettn

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11 hours ago

The Noah "Bud" Ogle farm and cabin, which was built in 1879, is a testament to the resilience of nature and the structures from our past. ⁠ ⁠ The fires that burned much of the area in late 2016 spared this cabin, but it came close. There is evidence of the heat and fire in parts of the structure. ⁠ ⁠ The surrounding area had several sections of the forest that were consumed by the fires. In less that 3 years, it is hard to tell that there was ever a fire in that section. The undergrowth has made quite a recovery and nature is starting to completely heal over in those once charred areas.⁠ ⁠ #budogle #cabin #greatsmokymountains #nationalpark #gatlinburg #gatlinburgstrong #historiclandmark #historiccabin #tennesseelife #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #roaringfork #friendsofthesmokies #smokymountainassociation #gsmnp #nationalparks #smokymountains #noahogleplace #noahoglecabin #visitgatlinburg #visitmysmokies #historicplaces #greatsmokymountainsassociation #naturaltennessee #instagramtennessee #national_park_photography #landscapephotograpy #instagramtennessee #865life

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Don't miss this great event with our Friends @sugarlandsshine Sept. 27 at the Mill and Mine! Roaming Man, An Elevated Evening, is a journey through handcrafted whiskey cocktails, and includes an Appalachian supper and pig roast, whiskey-barrel aged beer collaborations, the Sugarlands Cocktail Competition and a silent auction to benefit Friends of the Smokies! Tickets are limited. Get your 🎟️ today: sugarlands.com/elevated ⠀ #sipsup #SugarlandsShine #Sugarlands #RoamingMan #Whiskey #TNWhiskey #FriendsoftheSmokies #SmokiesFriends #Knoxville #KnoxvilleTN #GSMNP

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22 hours ago

Join us for the inaugural Smokies Cup, presented by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club! Register at FriendsOfTheSmokies.org/SmokiesCup Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. This exciting new event will raise funds to ensure that America’s most-visited national park is preserved and protected for generations to come. Smokies Cup is hosted by Tim and Marilyn Wright, and sponsored by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, Henco Reprographics, Webb Investment Services, Wright Family Custom Homes, Beverly-Hanks, Realtors - Western North Carolina Real Estate, MATH Insurance Service, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine and support by Cackalacky. #smokiescup #sportingclays #biltmoreestate #smokies #clayshooting #friendsofthesmokies #asheville

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“With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬

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Hidden treasures. @leslie_restivo #booneview

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Do you or someone you know love sporting clays? Our inaugural Smokies Cup will be held on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club in Asheville, NC. Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. Help us spread the word about this great event to raise funds to help protect and preserve the Smokies! Information + Registration can be found here: https://friendsofthesmokies.org/smokiescup ⠀ ⠀ #sportingclays #clayshooting #biltmore #smokies #friendsofthesmokies #smokiescup #asheville

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:: all the pretty little horses 🐎::

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The outstanding down to earth folks at @3riversangler is who we train with when we're trying to put fish in the submission hold!! Our spin on the Amy's ant🐜 #tapout #goodpeople #catchandrealease #trout #bass #fishingfortherapy #onthefly #flyfishing #fatherandson #flytyingjunkie #streamerjunkie #easttennessee #troutbum #friendsofthesmokies #fishing #river #hillbilly #hippie #flugbindning #fluefiske

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Sunrise from Clingmans Dome featuring #TheDomeCombTree Yesterday I had the privilege of enjoying this sunrise with a friend and fellow brand ambassador of @tristaradventures @solitarytravelerphoto I learned something new every time we get together. If you follow me and have read this far, do yourself a favor and check out his work. You will not be disappointed!

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Phones? Where we’re going, we don’t need phones!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Happy National Radio Day!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ In areas where cell phone reception doesn’t reach, radio communication becomes vital. From field crews working in both the front and backcountry, to Law Enforcement Rangers conducting Search and Rescue operations, park staff relies heavily on radio communications to complete their assignments. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Special thanks to #FriendsoftheSmokies for their recent help in raising $1.5 million to upgrade our emergency radio systems in the park!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For more information regarding the Smokies Trails forever program visit:⁣ www.smokiestrailsforever.org⁣⁣ #trailstuesday ⁣ ⁣ NPS Photo; Image descriptions: Trail Crew member on Mt. Leconte utilizing a radio to communicate with her crew.

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Trying to figure out these forest shots in black and white.

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The innermost workings of myself call to me in these moments

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:: Autumn? Is that you? We went further up the mountain and the trees seem to be getting ready for Fall early! If only the weather would agree 🍁🍂::

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2 days ago

:: so many animal tracks in the dirt! We had fun identifying them all! Then we went into the woods to look for mushrooms!! ::

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2 days ago

As we are starting to head into the end of the Summer season here in the Smokies — I must admit I’m getting anxious to get back into my coffee and moonshine combinations! . Most of the distilleries we visit and sample at offer some super tasty options and recipes to get cozy with during crisp Fall 🍂 evenings! . Booking a moonshine tour this Fall would give you VIP access to try the new fall flavors of the season in a MUCH better way than a #PSL from Starbucks 🥰🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

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2 days ago

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present” ― Master Oogway. #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokymountains #cadescove #wildlifephotography #wildlife #canon #tennessee #friendsofthesmokies #findyourpark

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Sunset view from Balsam Mountain

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2 days ago

The Rooftops Of The Highest Guest Lodge In The Eastern United States 🤙🏼 📸 @kempstone__ Go ✔️Him Out. #surftennessee

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2 days ago

🎈Happy new week 🎈 We’re in planning / dreaming mode today after one of the most restorative weekends we‘ve had in a while. Our minds are buzzing with ideas and inspiration from spending downtime connecting with each and actually letting go. It’s been awhile since I’ve been fired up for the week ahead ☀️ what do you guys have going on?! Also, we are halfway through August, a new school year is starting and I don’t know where 2019 went 🤷🏻‍♀️

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2 days ago

Grass of Parnassus growing along Alam Cave Trail in the great Smoky Mountains national Park. The bloom is roughly the size of a quarter so you can imagine how small this nail is!

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2 days ago

Asheville is getting excited! Register your team today for a chance at the coveted Smokies Cup! #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #greatsmokymountains #friendsofthesmokies #clayshooting #sportingclays #asheville #fundraiser #jennings #jenningsbuilderssupply @jenningswnc

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2 days ago

:: soaking in the creek! We had a nice day in the mountains even though it was 96 out!! Daddy was feeling a little better, he has a few specialist appointments coming up and hopefully we will find out what’s wrong! Lailas ears are feeling better too! We had a fun day today! ::

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Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park ———————————————————————— Second hike in the Smokies brought with it 2.3 miles of steady incline to reach the Alum Cave Bluffs, which was broken apart by a calm and winding stream. The hike remains below the shade of trees until the final quarter mile or so, providing plenty of protection on a hot and sunny day like this one. The trail itself was one of my favorites in the park, with a number of log foot bridges, pools in the stream to sit and cool off, and a breathtaking set of views overlooking the Smokies during the final trek up to the Bluffs.

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3 days ago

A moody Sterling Mountain morning through the moss covered bolder fields. You think you are in a fog but in reality, you are living in the clouds. Be prepared, Baxter Creek trail to the top of Mt. Sterling has 4000’ of elevation gain in just over 6 miles and is considered one of the most challenging single trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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3 days ago

I am on top of the world!!! By the way, clouds do not taste like cotton candy afterall... they taste like nothing! Nothing at all, just cool, misty air lol. Okay, so now you know! Loving my adventure to the Great Smoky Mountains!! . . . . #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #gatlinburgtennessee #gatlinburgtn #gatlinburgvacation #visitmysmokies #visitncsmokies #visitgatlinburg #greatsmokymountains #lovencsmokies #naturaltennessee #friendsofthesmokies #instagramtennessee #thenationalparkspass #visitmysmokies #nationalparklife #cadescove #hiketn #onlyintennessee #blueridgemoments #ncoutdoorculture #tennessee

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“For nothing will be impossible with God.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:37

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➖➖➖➖➖ It's getting closer to that time with each passing day. The crisp morning air, nightly campfires and all the Autumn colors throughout the mountains. . . Abrams Falls Abrams Falls Trail Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains National Park Townsend, TN @starrmountainoutfitters @riverdogapparel @tennesseebeardco @only in.tennessee @greatsmokynps @greatsmokynationalpark @smokiesfriends @trailful @visitgatlinburg @nationalparkgeek @tetonsports @theoutbound @explorethefifty @tennoutfitters @indianbountarygeneralstore @backpackermag @blueridgeoutdoors

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4 days ago

I cannot overstate how excited I was to spot this Barred Owl during my last drive through Cades Cove! I pulled the car over and began photographing it. It didn’t take long for a “bear jam” to form. I think there were a lot of disappointed people when they realized it wasn’t a bear I was so excited to photograph 😂. In fact, some dude screamed out his window something to the tune of “it’s just a f @&$ing owl morons”! I’d say that person needs to learn to relax a little 🤷‍♂️ . . . #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #tennessee #tn #onlyintennessee #instagramtennessee #tristaradventures #owl #barredowl #wildlife #teamcanon #friendsofthesmokies #cadescove #appalachian_explorers #nationalpark #findyourpark #instawildlife

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4 days ago

There are many spots to pull off the Newfound Gap Road for that classic mountain view. This was one of the better sunsets of the trip. Taken just north of the very popular Morton's Overlook, this small pullout had a slow steady stream of passers by drive in, open the window, and grab this scene with their phone. The light changed minute by minute and this was my favorite of the bunch. . . . . . #findyourpark #nationalparks #gsmnp #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #nationalparklife #visitncsmokies #visitgatlinburg #gatlinburg #lovencsmokies #friendsofthesmokies #instagramtennessee #thenationalparkspass #visitmysmokies #national_park_photography #nationalparklife #sunset #smokymountainsunset #newfoundgap

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4 days ago

I can’t believe this day has finally came!! I’ve been dreaming about this trip for almost a year now. Finally seeing the Grand Canyon, not only that but getting to Raft down it with some really great people. I can’t wait to learn new things and have the adventure of a lifetime! • • • #Adventurenthusiasts #natgeotravel #aswediscover #828isgreat #createyourtrail #ashevilletrails #patagonia #nobadweather #explorecarolina #visitasheville #itsamazingoutthere #blueridgemoments #trailchat #choosemountains #livebravely #friendsofthesmokies #blueridgeparkway #takemebackpacking #visitnc #neverstopexploring #getoutstayout #huffpostgram #gooutsideandplay #bpmag #mysouthernliving #optoutside #makemomentshappen #itsamazingoutthere

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5 days ago

Love where you live, live where you love 😌🧡 #blessed • 📍 Gatlinburg, Tennessee 🇺🇸

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5 days ago

Good morning from the Smokies! 🏔 @greenejaime and I were talking about gratitude yesterday, specifically how easy it is not to be thankful for all the amazing things we all have. So I wanted to share this real life moment from our hike when we made it to the waterfall and found another hiker playing her violin for us to hear. I’m grateful for simple surprises like this that bring us joy. Also, we have been experimenting with video! YES! So we can show you what life is like here, specifically the experience of moving from a big city to a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains 🙈 Very excited to share once it’s ready! Happy weekend friends ☀️💛 May you be grateful for the simple joys in your life!

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Sunrise at myrtle point overlooking the western North Carolina mountains. Located in the great Smoky Mountains national Park. Make sure this hike is on your bucket list. Also check out @aozphotos , @smokyshiker and @gnphiker for more captures from this incredible location.

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A Smoky Mountain Summer. 💜

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