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  • EXPLORING THE SMOKIES

    By

    Ron Wybranowski

  • Exploring the Smokies

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    Speaker’s Notes:

    RonWybranowski.com

    http://www.ronwybranowski.com/

  • Exploring the Smokies

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    My Goal for Tonight’s Program:

    “Provide enough information about

    the Smokies so that you will

    be photographically productive

    on your first visit.”

  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Overview of the Smokies

    • Resources - Maps, Guides, Places to

    See & Stay, etc.

    • Show Images from the Park

    • Where & How Some Images were Made

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    Tonight’s Agenda:

  • Exploring the Smokies - Overview

    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    • 934 Miles From North Andover to Newport,

    TN/Northeast Corner of the Great Smoky

    Mountains National Park

    • 816 Square Miles… about 35 miles by 23 miles

    • 35 Miles from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC

    • 192 Miles to Circumnavigate the Park

    • Wildflowers in Spring, Rhododendrons in Late

    June & July, Foliage in Fall

    • Most Visited National Park - 9,354,695 in 2013 5

  • Exploring the Smokies - Overview

    • Blue Ridge Parkway

    • 469 miles from Cherokee, NC to Waynesboro, VA

    • Shenandoah National Park

    • 106 miles from Waynesboro, VA to Front Royal, VA

    • Gatlinburg to Front Royal – 610 miles

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  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Why do we go down to the Smokies?

    • Vistas with Long View

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  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Why do we go down to the Smokies?

    • Vistas with Long View

    • Flowers

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  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Why do we go down to the Smokies?

    • Vistas with Long View

    • Flowers

    • Rivers and Streams

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  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Why do we go down to the Smokies?

    • Vistas with Long View

    • Flowers

    • Rivers and Streams

    • Waterfalls

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  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Why do we go down to the Smokies?

    • Vistas with Long View

    • Flowers

    • Rivers and Streams

    • Waterfalls

    • Mountains

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  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Why do we go down to the Smokies?

    • Vistas with Long View

    • Flowers

    • Rivers and Streams

    • Waterfalls

    • Mountains

    • Animals…. Bear, Elk and almost tame Deer

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  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

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    • Trip Planners

    • Park Maps & Guides

    • Specialized Maps

    • Web Sites

  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

    26 2016 Smokies Trip Planner

    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/2016-trip-planner-w-map.pdf

  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

    27 Get these at the Visitors’ Centers

    Park Maps

  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

    28 Get these at the Visitors’ Centers

    Park

    Guide

  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

    29 Great Smoky Mountains Association

    Specialized Maps

    https://www.smokiesinformation.org/

  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

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    Photograph America

    Photo Guides by

    Robert Hitchman

    http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/

  • Exploring the Smokies – Maps and Guides

    • What to See and Do • Starter Kit - includes Auto Touring, Waterfalls and Day Hikes

    • Travel America

    • Wildflowers

    • Wildflower Pilgrimage

    • Wildflower Walks in the Smokies

    • Common Spring Wildflowers

    • Common Summer Wildflowers

    • Bloom Schedule on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    • Animals… Bear, Elk and almost Tame Deer

    • Waterfalls in the Smokies

    • Soco Falls

    • North Carolina Waterfalls by Kevin Adams

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    http://shop.smokiesinformation.org/products2.cfm/ID/1769/name/Waterfalls-in-the-Smoky-Mountains https://www.smokiesinformation.org/smokies-starter-kit https://www.smokiesinformation.org/smokies-starter-kit https://www.smokiesinformation.org/smokies-starter-kit https://www.smokiesinformation.org/smokies-starter-kit http://www.photographamerica.com/ http://www.photographamerica.com/ https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/wildflowers-of-the-smokies-peter-white/1100003355/2660206519034?st=PLA&sid=BNB_New+Marketplace+Shopping+Books&sourceId=PLAGoNA&dpid=tdtve346c&2sid=Google_c&gclid=Cj0KCQiAjszhBRDgARIsAH8KgvcC-jzgDxxia7pU4B4dC80idF3NFfUQaJ6o8 http://www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org/ http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/wildflower-walks.htm http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/common_spring_wildflowers.htm http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/common_summer_wildflower.htm http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=77 https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/wildlifeviewing.htm http://www.smokiesadventure.com/smokymountains/hiking/smoky_mountain_waterfalls.htm http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/soco1.htm http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/soco1.htm http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/soco1.htm http://www.amazon.com/North-Carolina-Waterfalls-Hiking-Photography/dp/0895873206/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408714199&sr=1-1&keywords=north+carolina+waterfalls

  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

    Places to Stay - Motels

    • Townsend, TN

    • Gatlinburg/Pigeon Fork, TN

    • Cherokee/Maggiee Valley/Bryson City, NC

    • Newport, TN

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  • Exploring the Smokies: Resources

    Places to Stay – Campgrounds in the Park

    • Elkmont – Can be Reserved

    • Smokemont – Can be Reserved

    • Cades Cove – Can be Reserved

    • Deep River – First Come, First Served

    • Cataloochee – Reservations Required

    • Crosby/Big Creek – Can be Reserved

    • www.reservations.gov/ or 877-444-6777

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    http://www.recreation.gov/

  • Exploring the Smokies

    • Major Areas

    • Gatlinburg & Roaring Fork

    • Laurel Creek Road, Tremont, Townsend, Cades Cove,

    & Foothills Parkway

    • Newfound Gap – Over the Mountain to Cherokee

    • Crosby & Big Creek

    • Cherokee, Deep Creek & Maggie Valley

    • Cataloochee

    • Blue Ridge Parkway

    • Shenandoah National Park

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    35 http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/grsmmap2-2.pdf

    http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/grsmmap2-2.pdf http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/grsmmap2-2.pdf http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/grsmmap2-2.pdf

  • Exploring the Smokies – Gatlinburg & Roaring Fork

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  • 44 Trillium Grandiflorum

  • Exploring the Smokies - Laurel Creek Road , Tremont, Cades Cove & Foothills Parkway

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  • Exploring the Smokies - Laurel Creek Road , Tremont, Cades Cove & Foothills Parkway

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  • 50 Tremont Road

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  • Exploring the Smokies – Newfound Gap

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  • Exploring the Smokies – Crosby & Big Creek

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