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I love everything about Fall in The Great Smoky Mountains.
Shot on my iPhone 7+

Post sunset layers and hues. The window of time between sunset and actual night time is probably one of my favorite times to shoot. All the colors and beautiful light transform the scene into something so utterly different.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram )

Forced ourselves to wake up at 5 in the morning to watch the sunrise even after driving 10+ hours the day before and barely getting enough sleep. We drove up to Clingmans Dome which is the highest point in the Smoky’s at 6,600 feet. This was the sight that greeted us a few minutes after we walked up to the tower view deck. The clouds and the fog made the scene all the more dramatic and magnificent.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram

Elkmont

One of the most unexpectedly intriguing places I have visited is the Elkmont ghost town in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s odd to be hiking and then find that your trail is lined by dozens and dozens of abandoned houses.

Nice houses, too. You can tell that they were once expensive mountain vacation homes and they are full of old light fixtures and it looks for all the world that the community just up and disappeared one day.

Actually that’s kind of what happened. The houses and buildings went up before the National Park’s creation but the lease given to the owners of the houses wasn’t terminated until 1992, when those with houses at Elkmont were forced to abandon them.

Today there is debate as to whether the buildings should be destroyed or restored, so the fate of the ghost town is unknown. Whatever happens ultimately, this strange place in the Appalachians is definitely worth a visit.