GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS VISTAS
A GUIDE, WITH MOUNTAIN PEAK IDENTIFICATIONS, FOR WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN AND AROUND THE NATIONAL PARK
In Great Smoky Mountains Vistas, author and photographer Tim Barnwell combines panoramic photographs from overlooks in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, aerial photographs of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and articles on popular area attractions and activities to create this unique and comprehensive guidebook. He identifies the mountain peaks you can see from overlooks along Newfound Gap Road, Foothills Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway that view the park, in Cataloochee Valley and Cades Cove, and 360-degree/6-page panoramic views from Clingmans Dome and Max Patch. Major roads, trails, rivers, lakes, and towns are also identified. Aerial views of the Smokies from above Fontana Dam, Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Max Patch and Cataloochee Valley are also included.
While the mountain peak identifications are a unique component of the book, it also includes a host of articles about activities in and around the park including camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and waterfalls, horseback riding, bears, and nature photography. It features sections detailing the main attractions of the park including Newfound Gap Road, Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, Sugarlands, Little River Road, Cataloochee Valley, and hidden gems in and outside its boundaries, off the beaten path, such as the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Greenbrier, Max Patch, Tail of the Dragon, and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, making this the ideal travel guidebook, possibly the most comprehensive available on the park and its environs. Whether you are unfamiliar with the Smokies and looking for detailed information to guide you on your exploration, or a frequent visitor who appreciates a new perspective, this guidebook is the perfect combination of beautiful imagery and comprehensive text. See also our companion book, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas.
"Tim Barnwell weaves an exhaustively researched and stunning tribute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, during the centennial of the National Park Service. Not only is Barnwell a master photographer, capturing the grandeur of his beloved Smokies, his intimate knowledge of a life spent exploring the park's peaks, backcountry, valleys and ridges, creates skillful storytelling. Great Smoky Mountains Vistas is the perfect companion to Barnwell's Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas and is a must-have for anyone yearning to learn more about this endless fascinating national park." -Karen Chavez, Outdoors Writer, Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper
"I wish this book had been available to me when I first came to the park. It would have been in my library as it consolidates so many useful facts and interesting stories all in one place. This book will provide you with a detailed description of the park's many outstanding features. It is a great geographical reference of the entire park and is a fantastic guide-whether you are visiting the park for the first time or have come to the Smokies many times. It is a beautifully illustration of what the Smokies has to offer and will certainly enhance your experience while visiting there." -Phil Francis, Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway (2005-2013) and Deputy Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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