We're renting a cabin for the first time in Copperhill, TN for a few days after Christmas. I have already planned on riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, horseback riding, hopefully snow tubing, antiqueing and going to Helen... Any other activities around that time that I shouldn't miss doing?
I am an amateur photographer and have sort of a "bucket list" of pictures I would like to take. One being the Milky Way. I have seen pictures taken from the Blue Ridge area and I looked at the moonrise times and I seem to have 4-5 hours each night I'm there to get this shot, if the weather cooperates. Now I just need to find the perfect spot! Where can I go, close to Copperhill, where it's dark (no light pollution), and where I won't get attacked by bears at night, LOL.
Also, I've been down the Blue Ridge Parkway in September and got a bunch of wonderful pictures. Are there good spots in the winter that are nice for pictures? I know most of the trees will probably be bare, but maybe snow-capped mountains, iced over water areas, etc.