Great Smoky Mountain Vistas (Paperback)
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To create this unique travel guidebook, author and photographer Tim Barnwell combines panoramic photographs from overlooks in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park and aerial photographs of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. He identifies the mountain peaks you can see from each overlook and aerial vantage points, marking their compass heading, distance, and elevation. Major roads, rivers, lakes, and towns are also identified.
In addition to overlooks in the national park along Newfound Gap Road/Highway 441, from Clingmans Dome, and in Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley, there are panoramic views from other well-known locations surrounding the park, which allow you to look back at it, including from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Max Patch, and the east and west sections of the Foothills Parkway.
You’ll also enjoy lively descriptions and wonderful photos of the attractions that make this park the most visited in the country, including Newfound Gap, Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, and Cataloochee Valley, as well as hidden gems outside the park’s boundaries, such as the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer Forest, and Max Patch. Also featured are details about recreational activities, including camping, fishing, hiking and waterfalls, horseback riding, picnicking, and taking great photographs, as well as exciting destinations in and around the Great Smoky Mountains.
This is an invaluable companion to Barnwell’s best-selling Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas: A Comprehensive Identification Guide to What You See from the Many Overlooks.
About the Author
Tim Barnwell is a photographer and author based in Asheville, North Carolina, and is one of the most published photographers in the South. He has been a principal or contributing photographer to dozens of books and is the author of eight of his own-The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Farm, On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs, Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas: A Comprehensive Identification Guide to What you See from the Many Overlooks, Great Smoky Mountains Vistas: A Guide, with Mountain Peak Identifications, for What To See and Do in and Around the National Park, Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley, Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast, and Jewels of the Southern Coast: Architectural Gems of Charleston, Savannah and Beyond. He has provided principal photography for numerous other books, including Asheville: A View from the Top, Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stevens, Wladimir de Terlikowski: His Life and Art, and Frances Goodrich's Brown Book of Weaving Drafts (volumes 1 & 2). His images have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, American Craft, Outdoor Photographer, US Air, Mother Jones, Sky and Telescope, Blue Ridge Country, Billboard, U.S. News and World Report, Travel South, American Style, Smithsonian, Woodwork, Our State, Black & White Magazine, Smoky Mountain Living, Aperture, LensWork, Fiberarts, Astronomy, Parents, Ceramics Monthly, and National Parks. His career has spanned more than 30 years as a professional photographer and photography instructor, including eight years as Executive Director of the nationally recognized Appalachian Photographic Workshops (1981-1988). As director he designed, coordinated, and taught year-round workshops with staff and visiting master photographers including Cole Weston, Ernst Hass, George Tice, Galen Rowell, Freeman Patterson, Jerry Uelsmann, Robert Farber, John Shaw, Sonja Bullaty, Angelo Lomeo, Ken Marcus, John Sexton, Nancy Brown, Art Wolfe, Steve Krongard, E. Alan McGee, Dean Conger, and Carson Graves. Mr. Barnwell is known as a master photographer and printer. His fine art photography is widely collected and has been included in many group and one-man shows in the US and abroad. His images are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Mint Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Greenville (SC) County Museum of Art, Mint Museum, Asheville Art Museum, SOHO Photo Gallery, Newark Museum, the Bank of America corporate collection, and Booth Western Art Museum. His fine art photography is represented by Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta. He is an Honorary Member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and a member of Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.
“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 for 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 beautiful 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 (1994-2005)
"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 a must-have for anyone yearning to learn more about this endlessly fascinating national park." --Karen Chavez, Outdoors Writer, Asheville Citizen-Times
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