Morton Overlook is one of the classic locations for Smoky Mountains photos. You could stop here every day for 365 days in a row and never see the same scene twice. The overlook is on Newfound Gap Rd, near the top, and there is an identifying sign, so it’s easy to spot. The photo above was taken after a light dusting of snow. The view from here is back down the mountain towards Gatlinburg. You can’t see it in this picture, but the Newfound Gap Road climbs up through the valley in the center of the scene.
In summer the sun sets directly in the V of the mountains, making for all sorts of dramatic possibilities. One of the best opportunities is after a stormy day, when the sun sets just below the clouds and bathes everything in a syrupy golden light, as in the picture below. In late summer the sun has moved so much to the left that it is not as photogenic here, and better sunset photos are found from the Clingmans Dome parking area.
Below is one of my Featured Photos, titled Spiritual Light. Just another example of what sunlight can do late in the day from this spot.
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