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Cades Cove is probably the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Cades Cove Loop road is a wonderful way to see lush fields, old homesteads and plentiful wildlife. BUT NOTE: THE CADES COVE ROAD IS NOW BEING RESURFACED AND IS CLOSED UNTIL MAY 21, 2010.
The Cove has been preserved by the park to look much the way it looked in the 1800s. It was once a small mountain community with settlers mainly from Virginia, North Carolina and upper east Tennessee. Today Cades Cove contains original pioneer homesteads, barns, businesses, pastures and farmland.
When driving the loop most of the settlers’ homes and homesites are on the outside of the road, while there are acres of grass and wildflower fields on the inside. Those fields were once used for growing wheat, corn and cattle.
If you are on a tight schedule or are in a hurry, stay away from Cades Cove. If you would like to step back into time, Cades Cove would be a wonderful place to visit.
Today I’m thankful for all the people and organizations that preserve the past for us to enjoy and learn from today.