So, we put in the garden over a month ago, and I am just now getting around to talking about it…
We did the
There are a lot of waterfalls in the Smokies, many of which we have hiked to, and all of which are quite lovely. However, if you want to photograph falling water (and especially if you have a tripod so that you can take long exposure shots of falling water) then the hikes that have waterfalls as the end goal (Grotto Falls, Rainbow Falls, Trillium Falls, Ramsey Cascades, etc…) are not always the best ones, since they tend to be very crowded around the falls… lots of people like to hang out there and it gets tiresome waiting for people to clear out of the way so that you can get a shot in.
Especially at Grotto Falls. Everyone wants to have someone take a photo of them standing behind the falls. (Why else would they hike to the falls if they couldn’t go around and stand behind the rushing water and peer out?)
Some parts of the river leading up to Grotto Falls are better then the falls themselves, in my opinion.
You get the best shots when you climb down off of the trail and onto the rocks in the river.
The Chimney Tops trail parallels a good sized river for a while at the lower elevations near the trail-head, and is another really good place to do a lot of long exposure shots of flowing water.