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After the Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 7, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

A terrible storm blew through Townsend and parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Thursday evening around 6pm.  We are thankful that no one at Tremont was hurt during the storm.  Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the National Park.  Two people lost their lives Thursday night when they were hit by fallen trees.  Others were injured and hundreds of people were trapped in Cades Cove and other areas of the Park as Rangers and other emergency responders worked tirelessly to clear the downed trees to get them out.  Little River Road from Elkmont to Townsend, Laurel Creek Road, the Cades Cove Road, and Hwy 73 from the Park entrance to the Townsend Wye are still closed.  For updated information, you can call 865-436-1200.

While no one was injured at Tremont, there was lots to clean up and some property damage, although it could have been much worse, so we are extremely thankful.  We are currently still without power and phone lines and have been told that this should be rectified soon.  So, if you have reservations, we are still open and you may check in, we just may be a little more primitive than usual for a short time:)

Most of the damage that Tremont sustained was in the A section and the majority of that was caused by one fallen tree which punctured the roof of a camper and took out one and a half river decks.  Fortunately, the people staying in the stricken camper were not there when it occurred, so by the time they made it back, Tremont’s staff had already taken pictures for the insurance companies and cut the tree down off the camper.


This was the site with the most damage. As you can see, the tree has already been cut off the camper, but it is still resting on the river deck.



another view of the hardest hit area of Tremont

This is the root ball of the tree that fell.

more split limbs…this one did not land on anything thankfully!

Tree that had been down across the main road just past the bridge to Tremont.

Nice to see people back in the river the next morning after the storm.

Yes, it may be a little warm, especially with the power temporarily out, but the river is nice and COLD, so come on in!

We are so thankful to have made it through the storm with everyone at Tremont being alright.  Our prayers go out to the families of those who were lost in the Park during this tragedy.

We will continue to post updates here and on our Facebook page as we receive them.



The Day We Have Been Long Awaiting…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 10, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort


So, what is so special about the picture above?  It was take from the view point in the drive just outside the office door of Tremont Outdoor Resort.  This is now the view of the NEW BRIDGE with no construction barrels, no work trucks, no temporary bridge, no cranes or other equipment, and no temporary traffic lights!  That’s right, after almost a year, Townsend is back to being a one traffic light town and Tremont has its peace and quiet fully restored.  Not only that, we have a brand new bridge that is a full 8 feet wider than our old bridge!  Ok, so really the bridge belongs to the State of TN, but it is a necessity to us, so sometimes we are known to use the wrong possessive pronoun:)  Two full size lanes and a shoulder on each side!  Also, the weight limit sign that graced the end of the old bridge has also been removed, so anyone who had doubts over whether or not the bridge would support their rig can now cross with an easy mind.

Couple this fantastic news with the fact that we have been having incredible spring weather in January and February, and it is a great time for a get-away to the Great Smoky Mountains right now!  I heard a rumor the other day that the daffodils were actually blooming in Cades Cove!  So, don’t wait for Spring to make your next visit, beat the crowds and head on over to visit us now:)

There is still one piece of unfinished business in regard to the bridge…we have not yet been able to put the Tremont Outdoor Resort sign back up on the road at the end of the bridge.  So, if you have stayed with us before, you know where we are, but you might want to slow down to make sure you don’t miss the turn.  If you are new to our little piece of Heaven on Earth, we are the last thing before you enter the National Park.  Once you pass the KOA, look for the bridge on your left and that is us!  If you come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sign, you have gone too far.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we have the sign back in place.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Synchronous Fireflies at Elkmont June 4th-12th

Posted in Festivals with tags , , , , on May 26, 2011 by tremontoutdoorresort

There are fourteen different species of fireflies (which are beetles) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but only one of those has the ability to flash in sync with one another.  This species can be found in abundance at Elkmont, so much so that they block the road and bring people in by trolley during the peak two weeks that the fireflies are mating.  This year, the peak firefly viewing will take place June 4th through the 12th.  This is a sight that you don’t get to see just anywhere!

If you are planning to go see the fireflies, there are a few things you need to know for a successful trip.  Although the trolleys do not start to run from the Sugarlands Visitor Center until 7pm, you probably need to get to the parking lot at least an hour earlier, if not two.  This has become a popular attraction and only so many people can go on a given night.  Once the parking lot is full, they close it off.  Also, they do not allow coolers or pets.  Remember that you are traveling on a trolley, so you can’t haul a lot of gear with you.  Listed below are some more recommendations from the Pigeon Forge site:

Light Show Etiquette

Flashlights disrupt the fireflies and impair people’s night vision. The light show is best when you:

1. Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane.

2. Use your flashlight only when walking to your viewing spot.

3. Point your flashlight at the ground.

4. Turn off your flashlight when you find your viewing spot.

Parking and Trolley Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced that the Elkmont entrance road will be closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian use every night starting at 5:00 p.m. until midnight, June 4th-12th except to registered campers staying at the Elkmont Campground. The closure is to accommodate transportation service for visitors planning to spend the evening viewing the natural-occurring, synchronous firefly beetles at Elkmont.

The City of Gatlinburg, in partnership with the Park, will provide the trolleys for this activity. The trolley service, coinciding with the expected peak flashing period, will be the sole transportation mode for visitor access during this period; no private vehicles will be allowed to enter Elkmont. This year also new restrictions will be in place to prohibit motor vehicles from parking along roadsides, pullouts, or any other areas besides at the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking area for the purposes of viewing fireflies at Elkmont. Only those visitors parking at the visitor center will be allowed to ride the trolleys.

The trolleys will begin picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center RV/bus parking area at 7:00 p.m. The trolleys will continually run until the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking area is full or until 9:00 p.m., whichever comes first. The last trolley to return visitors from Elkmont to the Sugarlands Visitor Center is scheduled at 11 p.m. The cost will be $1 round trip per person as in previous years. 

Recommendations and Rules
For those riding the trolleys, it is recommended that visitors bring flashlights with red cellophane covers to reduce white light. Visitors can bring lawn chairs, and carry food and water in backpacks which can fit on their laps in the trolleys; there are no services available at the site. In order to help prevent any disruption to the firefly show, or destruction to the National Park, visitors are prohibited from bringing coolers, alcoholic beverages, or their pets.

Fall Foliage Workshop 2010

Posted in Fall Foliage, photography workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by tremontoutdoorresort

What a perfect weekend spent looking through the lens!  This last weekend we wrapped up our Fall Foliage workshop lead by Wilson and April.  We had the added bonus of having a guest teacher from the University of TN, Steve Chastain, who lead a discussion on the benefits of Lightroom.

Due to the recent strange weather, the leaves weren’t as vibrant this year, mostly due to the rain coming too late and a large storm knocking the leaves off two days before our class.  However, that didn’t stop Wilson from putting together a fabulous workshop for everyone who attended.  The weather couldn’t have been more pleasant for our weekend; we had crisp mornings that lead into warm sunny afternoons.  Crystal blue skies accented the bright foliage and silky water of the rushing waterfalls as we explored the beautiful Smoky Mountains.   We had an exceptional group of photographers at all skill levels, and they all left our workshop with beautiful magazine worthy images!  Several traveled cross-country to attend and many returned from previous workshops.  The photography and outdoor community are blessed with a passion for life and a sense of comradery.  I believe there were many new friendships that have blossomed from this exceptional weekend.  We are already looking forward and planning the next workshop in the spring!  We can’t wait to see everyone again!

Make sure you check out Steve Chastain’s blog post recapping the weekend.  He took some great candid shots of the class!  Also, if you need a refresher course over what Steve discussed, don’t miss F/32 Photo’s blog discussing Lightroom tips, tricks, and presets and of course a few photos.

Have a great shot from the workshop or just a great shot of the fall foliage?  F/32 Photo is running a Fall Foliage Photo Contest and the winner receives 25 free 5×7 Template Cards perfect for the upcoming Christmas holiday.  Simply email us your photo with your name, phone number, email, and what camera it was taken with along with the settings (if possible).

October is here!! The colors are soon to follow…

Posted in Fall Foliage with tags , , , on October 4, 2010 by tremontoutdoorresort

There is a chill in the air today….a nice reprieve from the sizzling summer temps we experienced this year.  However, we may be nicely rewarded by surviving the heat this year.  According to Kathy Gould Mathews, an associate professor at the University of Western Carolina specializing in plant systematics, the weather pattern we had this year could mean vibrant and beautiful color in the fall foliage.  For more detailed information, you can read the full article here.

The Southern Appalachian mountains are home to more than 100 species of trees.  Most of these are deciduous, meaning they change color.  After traveling to various parts of the country during the fall season, I can honestly say that there is nowhere more beautiful than the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall.

Typically, the last two weeks of October and the first week of November are the peak of color change in the Smokies.  Why not make your home base at Tremont Outdoor Resort and take in the glory of the Creator’s handiwork this Fall as you enjoy the wonders of the most visited National Park in the country?

Stay tuned to our blog for a continuous update on the changing of the leaves!

“The Great Pumpkin” Photography Workshop details…

Posted in photography workshops, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by tremontoutdoorresort

We have had a few beautiful, cooler days lately and I think it has given many people a desire for the onset of Fall.  We always look forward to Fall at Tremont because it is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy the season.  Of course, that means we head out with our cameras whenever possible.  Speaking of which, we have details for our Fall Foliage workshop!  Here they are:

October 29th-31st

Friday, October 29th  7pm-9pm – Registration and meet & greet in the Rec Hall at Tremont Outdoor Resort.  We will get to know everyone we will be spending the weekend with, discuss equipment, proficiency, and outline the events of the weekend.  Snacks will be provided of course!

Saturday, October 30th

8am – optional breakfast gathering at Riverstone Family Restaurant just down the street from Tremont.

9am-noon – focusing on the Autumn leaves, location to be determined by seasonal conditions.

noon-2pm – lunch on your own

2pm-dark – We have two plans for this time period and the weather conditions will determine the one we choose –

#1 – Going long to work our way to Morton’s Overlook for a sunset shot.  On our way we will shoot the water and foliage at the Chimney’s picnic area.

#2 – Shoot the waterfalls and foliage in the Tremont Institute area and Meigs Falls.  Possibly Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

6pm-?– BBQ dinner at the Tremont Rec Hall, review and critique of images taken that day.  Working mainly in Photoshop and Lightroom with demos of OnOne plug ins, Topaz, and Auto Effects.

Sunday, October 31st

7am-noon – meet at the entrance to Cades Cove.  Travel through the Cove concentrating on cabins and fall foliage (and hopefully some wildlife!)

noon-2pm – lunch at the Cades Cove picnic area – bring your own or buy it at the camp store.

2pm-5pm – more shooting in Cades Cove or Tremont Rd.

6pm – ?  – Session wrap up at Tremont Outdoor Resort Rec Hall.

*If you need to leave earlier on Sunday, we completely understand.  A good breaking time would be right before or after lunch.

Workshop Investment – If you are staying at Tremont Outdoor Resort on Friday, October 29th, and Saturday, October 30th, the cost for the workshop will be $75 per person.  If you are staying somewhere other than Tremont Outdoor Resort, the cost for the workshop is $275 per person.  Snacks for evaluations and the meet and greet are provided as well as dinner on Saturday evening.  All other meals are on your own.  Transportation into the National Park for the workshop sessions is also on your own, but we do recommend carpooling which can be arranged at the meet and greet.  It not only saves gas, but it’s much more fun!

Accommodations at Tremont Outdoor Resort

If you choose to stay at Tremont Outdoor Resort while attending the workshop, we have several different types of accommodations.  You may choose from an RV site, a tent site, or one of our 4 different types of cabins.  For descriptions of cabins, please visit our website  For this particular workshop, we are discounting our Standard and Premier cabins for participants.  Premier cabins will be $190 for two nights with an extra night at $95 if you would like to stay.  Standard cabins will be $160 for two nights with an extra night at $80.  Discounted rates for other types of accommodations will also be given to workshop participants, just ask for these when you call for reservations. For anyone participating in the workshop and staying Friday and Saturday nights checking out on Sunday, checkout time will be extended to 7pm (or until we finish!) on Sunday with our compliments due to the finishing time of the workshop.  To make your reservation, please call 865-448-6363 and be sure to tell them if you are participating in the workshop.

Equipment to Bring

Digital SLR cameras are recommended, but not required.  If you have any of the following equipment, please bring it with you – a tripod, a macro lens, a 24-70mm lens, a 70-200mm lens, a cable release,  and a monopod.  If you have waders and want to be a little adventurous, bring them with you as well 🙂  Again, this equipment is not required, but is recommended if you have it.  We will have some camera equipment and tripods available for loan as well, so you can try out some new things if you want.   Also bring your laptop along if you have one.  Be sure to wear comfortable, yet sturdy shoes (preferably hiking boots) as we have a tendency to wander off the beaten path from time to time :).  Since the weather is always unpredictable, please bring an umbrella as well!

How to Register

Simply call Tremont Outdoor Resort at 865-448-6363 with your Name, address, phone number, and email.  Let them know that you are calling to sign up for the Fall Foliage or “Great Pumpkin” Workshop with Wilson.  This would also be the time to make your reservation if you are staying at Tremont.  Payment for the workshop can be easily added to your reservation.   If you are not staying at Tremont, payment can be made at the meet and greet on Friday night.  If your spouse wants to ride along with us, but they are not photographing, they are more than welcome free of charge.

Don’t forget that the workshop is limited to 12 participants, so don’t wait to register!

Join us for the “Great Pumpkin” Photography Workshop!

Posted in photography workshops with tags , , , , on August 12, 2010 by tremontoutdoorresort

Ok, so we aren’t really photographing pumpkins, and Charlie Brown isn’t going to be there , but Wilson’s Fall Foliage Photography Workshop does fall on Halloween weekend this year, so we thought it was appropriate 🙂

The Fall Foliage Photography Workshop will be held the evening of Friday, October 29th,  all day Saturday, October 30th, and Sunday, October 31st.  The workshop will be based out of Tremont Outdoor Resort and if we have the same amount of participation as we did in the Spring Wildflower workshop, you will need to get your name on the class list soon!  We actually already have a few names on the list, so be sure to stay tuned to the blog here for more details coming soon!