What are the best photo hikes in the Southeast?

I live in the Southeast and I’m a pretty good amateur photographer. What are some of the most amazing, camera-worthy hikes in my neck of the woods?

Mar 3, 2012
Outside Magazine
View from Mt. Mitchell

View from Mt. Mitchell    Photo: Caitlin Mirra/Shutterstock


Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
The tallest vantage point east of the Mississippi is the 6,684-foot summit of Mount Mitchell. Its top is bare except for a nifty observation tower that affords views of the rounded 6,000-plus-foot peaks of the Black Mountains  and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. You can drive to the top, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, or take the 5.6-mile (one-way) Mount Mitchell Trail from the Black Mountain Campground. Bring your wide-angle lens.