No matter what time of year, or from what angle, point of view, altitude, or lens you choose, no one can deny: the Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful. Nothing compares to soaking it all in firsthand, so we dare you to look at five of the most beautiful photographs of the one-of-a-kind Smokies. Amateur photographers, travelers, and tourists captured of the majestic mountains of Eastern Tennessee, proving that the beauty of creation waits for anyone who takes the time to really see it. (Click on the images to see them in full size. All images posted on Flickr).

  1. Mt. Leconte Summit
  2. Smoky Mountain Morning
  3. Sunset
  4. Cade’s Cove (by gailevans)
  5. Alum Cave Bluffs

We hope nature’s beauty inspired you, and along with the ability of the average hiker or traveler capture it without fancy camera gear or training, you already packed your suitcase. Now it’s time for you to contribute to the online scrapbook! The Great Smoky Mountains wait to welcome you!

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