according to wikipedia : cades cove is an isolated valley located in the tennessee section of the great smoky mountain national parks, usa. the valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park. today cades cove, the single most popular destination for visitors to the park, attracts more than two million visitors a year because of its well preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant display of wildlife.
according to me : this is one of my favorite places in tennessee. whenever we are in the area, we try and make a day trip here. whether it be to drive the loop or hike the trails, it never disappoints. we have always talked about camping here but we usually visit around the winter months and being a mountain and all, the weather conditions just aren't feasible. we had originally planned and packed for an eight mile hike up the mountain, but the park ranger informed us that most of the trail was covered in ice. with the sun shining and temperature nearing 60, we were not prepared for that. instead we decided on a more popular spot, abram's falls, which i will share with you soon!
and yes i rocked the nineties // mom look jacket wrapped around my waist. mother nature, you're a fickle one.