Driving through a Smoky Mountains Autumn

Driving through a Smoky Mountains Autumn © William Britten use with permission only

It’s the last day of October, and it has been an exceptionally busy month in my Gallery and at the October Craftsmens Fair in Gatlinburg. I want to thank everyone who stopped by to say hello, and if you bought one of my Smoky Mountains photos, thank you again and I hope it gives you enjoyment all year long!

While I am thankful for the successful fall season, it has left me little time to get out and enjoy the autumn leaf colors! This past weekend Sarah and I headed over to Asheville NC for a family visit. Instead of taking the quick interstate route, we took the slow, winding back road from Cosby over to the Big Creek section. There was virtually no traffic on this little-known gem tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the Smokies, but there was a breathtaking display of autumn leaf color.

This route provides some wonderful vantage points where the steep mountainside drops away so quickly that you can photograph the woods as if you were in the tree-tops! In the photos below I love the added dimension that the many vertical tree trunks give the photos. And the rainy day was perfect to saturate the colors and make everything sparkly and bright.

Smoky Mountains photos: autumn woods

Smoky Mountains photos: autumn woods © William Britten use with permission only

If you’ve got a late fall trip to the Smokies planned, please consider a visit to the William Britten Gallery on the historic Arts and Crafts Trail along Glades Rd in Gatlinburg, TN. My complete display of Smoky Mountains photos might contain a special memory for you to take home.

Smoky Mountains photos of Autumn woods

Smoky Mountains photos of Autumn woods © William Britten use with permission only

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  1. Jeff Sagar

    Hi Bill,

    I love these images because they remind me of the vacation my wife and I just spent in Great Smoky Mtn National Park. We were there during the week of October 17th, which I believe turned out to be close to peak color. I captured many great images while were were there. We’ve been following your blog for some time now, and intended to stop and see you at the Craftmans Fair or your gallery but the day we were in Gatlinburg, it was completely gridlocked so we got out of town and headed back to the park. I was looking forward to talking to you and seeing more of your work. Where were these images taken? As a guess I’d say along the Little River Road between the Townsend “Y” and Cades Cove or on the road to the Smoky Mtn Institute in the Tremont area.


  2. Bill

    Thanks Jeff … these were taken along the back road that runs between Cosby and Big Creek.

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