Smoky Mountain Field Trip 

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Smoky Mountain Railroad, 

Nantahala Outdoor Center,

Deep Creek G.S.M.N.P.  


Because of the lengthy directions Mike is giving just the address  of each stop.The weather should be fair and this time of year is always a chance of showers.       

We will need to meetup at 8am at Lowes off Airport Rd. (19 McKenna Rd. Arden) We will drive west on I-26 to I-40 West to Hwy 19 and exit at #67 Bryson City.    Smoky Mountain Railroad is at 226 Everett  St., Bryson City.  Turn left on Mitchell for parking just before the depot. This is about an hour and fifteen minute drive. 

RxR BridgeRxR Bridge

Railroad Trestle

We will have just over an hour the photograph the train and passengers before it leaves.  This day there will be a steam engine pulling the train.  If we leave the station ten minutes before the train we can shoot the train crossing the Tuckaseigee River on an old train trestle. 


Then on to the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  This will be about a fifteen minute drive to 13077 West Hwy 19, Bryson City.  Cross the river on the concrete bridge to park in the back.  A Nantahala kayaking club practices on Thursdays along with other rafters should make some nice action shots.


Next stop is back to Bryson City for lunch at Jimmy Mac's.  121 main st. Bryson City.  A four star rated local dinner. 


After lunch we will take about a five mile drive to Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park( No Senior Pass or Fee needed.)  This address is for a tubing company just before the park so continue past this to the end of the park, 1090 West Deep Creek Rd. 

Deep CreekDeep Creek

Deep Creek, Great Smoky Mountain National Park

  There are three waterfalls that you can choose to photograph all or just the river that should be full of people tubing.

Juney Whank FallsJuney Whank Falls

Juney Wank Falls

Tom Branch .05 mile, Indian Creek less that 1 mile in the same direction.  A different trail to Juney Wank is only .03 mile.

Return home when your ride is ready. As always you are welcome to join us for the entire trip or any part of.   


RSVP Mike Merrill at [email protected]


Also, Please have your Field Trip Release Agreement filled out in advance so that we do not hold up departure from our meet up location.