Golden Bend-Autumn along the Middle Prong Little River

The Middle Prong of the Little River flows through a golden forest and tumbles around a bend in the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
The Middle Prong of the Little River flows through a golden forest and tumbles around a bend in the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The last stop on my recent fall trip out east was to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I had visited the park in May a couple of years ago and was anxious to see how the park looked in autumn. I only had a couple of days before I had to start the long drive back home, so I focused on my favorite area from the last trip, the Tremont and Cades Cove area on the Tennessee side of the park.

Tremont Road follows the Middle Prong of the Little River for a little over six miles, offering a multitude of photographic opportunities. It seems like there is something worth stopping and shooting around every bend. It is easy to spend a couple of days photographing along this road and I have!

This bend is found just before the end of the road at the Middle Prong Trailhead. The road turns sharply and comes right up to the edge of the river. The climb down the steep bank is a little sketchy, especially when the rocks are wet! I arrived right at sunrise in order to capture the scene before the sun came streaming through the trees. I was glad I did since it didn’t take long that morning.

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