Scenic Sunday #89: Cades Cove

Fields in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

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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.

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Today I’m thankful for all the people and organizations that preserve the past for us to enjoy and learn from today.

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16 Responses to “Scenic Sunday #89: Cades Cove”

  1. Pam Says:

    George, I wold love to step back in time so I think visiting Cade’s Cove would be a wonderful journey for me and my husband.

    Have a blessed Palm Sunday, George.

  2. MaryBeth Says:

    What a beautiful area. No wonder you go back time and again. I would too. MB

  3. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Looks like a lovely place to spend hours of time.I wonder just how this particular scene would change over the seasons.
    Blessings,Ruth

  4. Linda Jacobs Says:

    I’d like to run through that field of green grasses! Lovely area! And thanks for the history lesson.

  5. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    This is a lovely shot! The grass is very high, or is that a field, or maybe just the way they used to keep it back then.

  6. Cheryl Says:

    This is a place that my husband and I would so enjoy exploring!

  7. Adrienne Says:

    This looks like such a wonderful spot to spend a lazy afternoon. I’m just imagining all the critters that might be there in the summer.

  8. Dorothy Says:

    I love Cades Cove! No trip to the Smokies would be complete without a trip out to Cades Cove! Very nice photo! Glad they are repairing the road!

  9. Rose Says:

    It is such a beautiful place….

  10. Neal Says:

    I’ve always love Cades Cove. We never go to the Smokies without going down there.

  11. imac Says:

    It looks very inviting George.

  12. Becky Says:

    This is a beautiful area…ya know…Tennessee is beautiful!!!

  13. Lola Says:

    Thanks for a trip through Cades Cove. I dearly love that place. We’ve been through there many times. Always something to see.
    I wonder if you’ve ever heard the story of “Streamer”. If not next trip ask rangers about it. See if they remember. It happened almost 20 yrs ago so it may be tough to hear the story from a ranger.

  14. Linnea Says:

    It does take you back in time, doesn’t it. It also reminds me of some of the scenery I saw in Germany. Very scenic! Thanks for visiting my SS.

  15. Carletta Says:

    I’ve been to Cades Cove so many times that I almost know where this photo was taken. 🙂
    Hubs and I are going through files for our new computer and he found a couple of memory cards looking for some needed software. The cards had photos of Cades Cove and some waterfalls from our trip over five years ago. We weren’t good photographers then. 🙂
    One shot is back in the woods where it was dark but two deer with huge racks were laying down. A bunch of people stopped. Of course the ranger asked us all to move on.

  16. Stephany Says:

    Years ago I lived in Gatlinburg and have been to Cade’s Cove many times. Funny that one photo can trigger so many wonderful memories. This is a beautiful capture, George.

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