Nestled away in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a place with such a diverse population of wildlife, rich in historic architecture, and so many opportunities to commune with Mother Nature, you will never want to leave. This place I’m speaking of is Cades Cove, TN. If you’ve never made the journey into this historic settlement, you’re missing out on one of our country’s most beautiful locations, it is definitely worth spending a day, at least, driving around the scenic 11 mile loop road.
Historic homes and other buildings dot the landscape, but even more captivating are the opportunities to view a diverse wildlife population that ranges from Whitetail Deer, American Black Bear, Turkey, Coyote and Grey and Red Foxes. There have also been sightings of a Bobcat as well! You can’t ever know for sure what you’ll see, but you will always see something.
Along with the diverse wildlife and historic settlement, there are a number of trails for hiking, including a 5 mile (roundtrip) hike to Abrams Falls. The trail is rated as Moderate Difficulty and does have a few mildly steep incline and declines. There are a number of shorter, less difficult trails that lead to other great locations as well, you’ll need a couple of days to explore them all.
For more information about Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and all of the opportunities that await you, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm and for hiking and scenic drive information in and around Franklin, visit our web site at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/