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First Visit to Spruce Flats Falls - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

May 13, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Spruce Flats Falls is a waterfall I've wanted to visit for a long time.  Now I know why.  It's wonderful and is a photographic treasure.  Spruce Flats Falls is located in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The trailhead is located at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute.  The hike is moderately difficult and is 3/4 miles one-way.  The trail in is mostly uphill with many rocks and roots to contend with.  Once you near the falls, you have a short steep descent to the waterfall.

The falls are stunning and are best seen with moderate water flow.  I wouldn't go if its been dry or exceedingly wet for a while.  Go on a cloudy day with little to no wind as there is a large tree branch overhanging the falls.

There are many photographic compositional opportunities present.  If you are careful you can move around without too much trouble to get close-up shots near the falls or farther back to take in everything.  There are also some dropping cascades just in front of the photo below.  Take your time and scout around. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the falls.

Spruce Flat Falls - May 2019Spruce Flat Falls - May 2019


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