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Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn
Trip Overview
As the autumn winds bring cooler temperatures to the Great Smoky Mountains the rugged hills in North Carolina and Tennessee come alive in brilliant displays of color. The mountainsides are as if they were painted with bright contrasting strokes of reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and greens. The bewildering variety of plant life in the Smokies is incredible and the Flora here is what Granite Domes & Waterfalls are to Yosemite and Geysers & Wildlife to Yellowstone.

Great Smoky Mountains has over 100 species of tree spread throughout five different forest types including Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Ash and various Maple Trees. If you’ve never witnessed the Smokies in Autumn, you might think you had just stepped foot into Candyland (remember the boardgame?). Walking along the steep, leaf covered pathways under a canopy of color is a truly remarkable experience and the photography opportunities in the Smokies are incredible in the fall.


You’ll be photographing ethereal waterfalls under brilliant leaf covered canopies as well as abundant wildlife such as Black Bear, Elk and a wealth of birds and amphibians. Macro Photography is second to none in the Smokies with ample opportunities to photograph snails, salamanders, moss covered trees and clear water droplets on newly fallen maple leaves. Excellent photography opportunities such as misty sunrises from grassy balds overlooking a sea of mountains are the norm on this trip. We’ll get some great hikes in to lesser known locales within the park and leave with a wealth of Appalachian Photographs for your portfolio.

Join Russ Nordstrand and Backcountry Journeys on our Lodge-Based photography tour/workshop this fall. Our handcrafted itineraries let you photograph the best that Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer without all the guesswork or logistics. This all-inclusive photography tour/workshop includes excellent accommodations in cozy lodges, a great menu and a fully immersive Smoky Mountains Photography experience in the park’s most magical of seasons.
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Please note: We are excited to offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the "Ask a Question" form!

Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn

6 Days / 5 Nights

Price: from $4095 double occupancy

Deposit: $2000
+$640 Single Occupancy

Fitness Level: 1-2

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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: Asheville, North Carolina

For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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  • Brilliant fall colors!
As the autumn winds bring cooler temperatures to the Great Smoky Mountains the mountainsides look as if they were painted with bright contrasting strokes of reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and greens.
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting some of the most spectacular fall color on the planet!
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for fall-foliage photography to more advanced techniques like focus stacking. Macro photography is big in the Smoky Mountains as well.
  • Small Groups

We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
Ask our past guests – one of the best parts about our trips is the food!
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • A Great Expereince!

    What a great experience! The trip was well-organized from start to finish. Great photography locations from deep jungle to beach to river boat to night hikes. The schedule kept us busy but never hectic, and the accommodations were super comfortable. Shout out to our guide Ben - we saw so much wildlife! I'd highly recommend a trip with them.


  • In October I traveled with BCJ to Joshua Tree Natl Park for their night sky photography trip. This was my third trip with BCJ and I just reserved another trip. I keep coming back to this company because of the great experiences I'm having. I love the small groups and excellent guides. 


  • This was my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was excellent, and I have since booked two more trips. The itinerary, and the guides were excellent.

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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
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CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2022
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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