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One of the most popular sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a valley surrounded by mountains which contains white tail deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and black bears. To travel the loop road through the cove is somewhat like traveling back in time.
Settlers first came to Cades Cove from Virginia in 1819. By the 1850′s the population of Cades Cove was 685 people in 137 households, but by 1860 the population had dropped to 269 people.
Cades Cove is the largest open air museum in the entire Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The cove today looks much like it did in the 1800′s and has original pioneer homesteads, barns, businesses, pasture and farmland.
Cades Cove is interesting and beautiful any time of the year. The picture above was taken on a visit we made last week.