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The Little River Road is about 18 miles long. It runs between the Sugarland Visitors Center at the Gatlinburg entrance to the Smoky Mountains and the Wye in Townsend. Once you pass the road going to Elkmont Campground it snakes through the gorge along the sides of Little River. Its one of the more popular drives in the Smokies. Numerous pull offs offer unending possibilities to get out and explore the river. Fall colors can be spectacular. Along the route there is a picnic area, waterfalls, and hiking trails. The road may not be for the timid, not use to mountain roads. In some places you are on the edge of the river on one side and against a rock bluff on the other. It seems narrower than it looks and has room for motor homes to meet, so drive slow and enjoy. It is one of two ways to get to Cades Cove. From it you can also enjoy fly fishing, kayaking or just playing in the water. Tubers often dot the river on the Wye end in summer.

Camera: Canon 40D… Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4….Focal Length: 24mm… Manual…Shutter Speed: 2s… F/Stop: 16…ISO: 100… Tripod: Bogen…… Bias 0.0EV…Filters:B+W Polarizer… Cable Release… …Format:RAW


  • Lisa Taylor
    Lisa Taylorabout 6 years ago

    Such a pretty scene, Gary! I love that area and the many beautiful sites along the way! I like the way the water looks in this one. Did you add any special effect to it?

  • Asoka
    Asokaabout 6 years ago


  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture Gary!!!

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsabout 6 years ago

    Ahh, you make me miss the mountains. It’s been so long since I’ve been there. Beautiful, Gary!

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    NatureGreeting...about 6 years ago

    Hi Gary, saw where someone put this is their favorites, and I just knew it was your work! How lovely…….so many places i missed while there! This is one of them…..i should have had a guide! lol!! instant fav!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    NatureGreeting...about 6 years ago

    this whole group is awesome!!

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 6 years ago

    Gary, another neat image! To add to many I’ve already favorited! Thank you!

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 6 years ago

    Lovely…beautiful collection…

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 6 years ago

    This is magnificent!

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathabout 6 years ago

    Lisa… the effects of the river are the result of the use of a polarizer to cut down on some glare.It was set about half way so it wouldn’t totally take out all glare and the slower movment of the stream would be noticed.Also a slow shutter speed of 2 seconds @ f/16 and an ISO of 100…converted in Canon’s RAW converter and changed to from a 16 bit .tiff to a 8 bit jpeg in photoshop. It was shot in aperature priorty so the DOF could be kept.

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