Scenic Sunday: Cades Cove

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. December 11, 2011.

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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.

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16 Responses to “Scenic Sunday: Cades Cove”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    That glorious blue sky more than makes up for the lack of green in the grass!

  2. Maple Lane Says:

    Looks like it was a beautiful day to visit. Merry Christmas.

  3. Larry Says:

    When I was in college I took a class in which the prof talked at length about Cades Cove and it’s unique flora. I remember thinking how I’d like to visit it some day and within 2 years, I lived an hour away. We’ve spent many happy hours in the Cove over the years.

  4. Karin Says:

    Will have to look it up to find out more about it! That would look so picturesque with some snow!! The distant skyline is so pretty!

  5. Sandra Says:

    i am a big fan of old farms and homesteads so i am thinking i would love this place.

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    It sounds and looks like a wonderful, beautiful and interesting place to visit, George! I would love to go there! Hope your weekend is going well! Enjoy!


  7. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Beautiful! That sky is the most vivid blue.

  8. MB Says:

    A wonderful place to visit and imagine life 200 years ago. MB

  9. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    What a beautiful blue sky. I guess driving through here, you never know what surprises you might find! Old cabins, wildlife, beautiful mountains!

  10. Happyone Says:

    Nice photo. Such a pretty blue sky too!

  11. Leovi Says:

    Magnificent and beautiful landscapes. I like the blue sky.

  12. ann nz Says:

    where did the people go? No water?

  13. kirigalpoththa Says:


  14. dayphoto Says:


    Merry CHristmas!


  15. Neal Says:

    I have always enjoyed that area.

    Now that snow falling from a clear blue sky doesn’t quite look right.

    Interesting side note: Go to Google’s home page (,com) and type in Let it Snow and search on that.

  16. sartenada Says:

    Beautiful. You captured the blue sky in a very excellent way!

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