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Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains
Trip Overview
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its wildflower diversity, and springtime delivers your best opportunity to witness, and photograph, amazing blooms across the landscape. This glorious display of wildflowers, in addition to a bewildering variety of other flora and fauna is to the Smokies what granite domes and waterfalls are to Yosemite, and geysers and wildlife are to Yellowstone. This dazzling display is precisely what draws Backcountry Journeys here for springtime.

As the mountains begin to turn shades of green and the wildlife emerges from its winter slumber, springtime proves to be one of the best times to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains has over 1,500 flowering plants, as well as 100 species of tree spread throughout five different forest types including Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Ash and various Maple trees. The intense diversity here at this Park makes it a destination for landscape and wildlife photographers from all over the world.


We’ll be photographing ethereal waterfalls under budding canopies, as well as abundant wildlife such as Black bear, elk and a wealth of birds and amphibians.

Macro photography is second to none here with ample opportunities to capture images of snail, salamander, moss covered trees and other things like 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.

Find yourself at America’s most visited national park with Backcountry Journeys on this Lodge-Based Hiker Photo tour this spring. Our handcrafted itineraries let you photograph the best Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer while on this all-inclusive photography tour. Excellent accommodations in cozy lodges, great meals and fun groups of like-minded photographers will only add to a fully immersive Smoky Mountains photography experience during the park’s most magical of seasons; spring.

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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!

Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains

6 Days / 5 Nights

Trip Price: from $4095 double occupancy
+$640 single supplement

Deposit: $2000

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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  • Peak Wildflower Season
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its wildflower diversity! As the mountains begin to bloom and turn shades of green, the wildlife begins to emerge from its winter slumber, which is why park has become a destination for landscape and wildlife photographers from all over the world!
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting some of the most beautiful and diverse wildflower locations on the planet!
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for macro, landscape and wildlife photography to more advanced techniques.
  • 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 Experience!

    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 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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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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