We were in Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge last week and ran several of the back roads. The ones Turbobearcat ran look like they have been graded / rocked since he was there. Still some great scenery!
We started out the week in Cades Cove and did Rich Mountain Road. Here is a shot from Rich Mountain looking back into Cades Cove.
Later in the week we ran Tobes Creek. I came in from Hwy 32 and had a hard time finding it. I took this pic and went on then backtracked and found this is one of two turrets that shows where the road is. The other is so covered with vines you can't see it from the road.
This old shed was right in the middle of the road. I took this shot on the move sorry for the slight blur.
Same waterfall as Turbobearcat but it is worth seeing again
Tobes Creek Road comes out in Waterville, we saw several river raft boats and a few kayakers in the water. We followed Waterville Road over to the Big Creek Picnic area.
After leaving the picnic area I saw a sign for Cataloochee NC. I had asked the Park Rangers in Gatlinburg about this area. This was about 15 miles of unpaved road, freshly graded so no issues.
A lot of pretty scenery........
A few one lane bridges.
And a waterfall
We got to Cataloochee just as a big storm came up. Lots of hiking in this area and some neat old homesteads to look at. This barn is at the main visitors center. We found an elk inside of it taking refuge from the storm
Extremely low light and extremely long exposure time. I had the camera resting on a short wall. Most if not all of the elk have tracking collars on them, this guy could have came out a door and been right next to us at any time.