Photograph the Smokies from Morton Overlook

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Take photographs from one of the most iconic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Morton Overlook is one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks most well known and visited overlooks. Morton offers a wide view of the Great Smoky Mountains and is a perfect spot for some really good photography opportunities. Coming from Gatlinburg, TN it is roughly 13 miles from the visitors center along 441 towards Cherokee, NC.

Sunset is the best time of the day for color in the skies here, however on a cloudy day at sunrise you can get some nice color as well. This location is perfect for any time of the year and is a great place to catch storms rolling through. Keep your eyes open to your surroundings as well, there are some beautiful shots from the sides as well. The Morton Overlook is a great place to catch some nice foggy scenes as well. Keep it mind, it can get crowded at times.

Note: Birds of prey have been seen here as well.

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6 months ago

Great place to see on a clear day.

Regardless of crowds, try to stop here, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. Worth every click of the camera.

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6 months ago

Nice place but always crowded

This is a great place for photography but don't bother trying to stop on the weekends it gets pretty full quick and has a small pull off area so it can get dangerous.

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7 months ago

Beautiful!

Great spot to stop! Beautiful, but crowded. Worth the stop though!

Pretty, but Crowded

We wanted to park and enjoy the sunset here but the entire lot was full. Guess we were just a tad bit late. We did end up just stopping in the middle of the road for a few minutes to snag some pictures before more cars came along. This is definitely one of the best spots to get good sunset pictures in the area!

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almost 2 years ago

beautiful sunset

this is a wonderful spot to view the sunset, easy to find and easily assessable. with that being said, plan on being accompanied by at least two or three photographers as well as some other families. this is a very popular location for a sunset viewing.

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