Several months back I planned a trip to Cade’s Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was able to finish the camper in time to take it! We left work at noon and made the 3 hour trip. We got to Cade’s Cove around 4 and picked out a site. You pick your spot and fill out the form and drop your payment in a lock box. Winter rate was $17 a night. There weren’t a lot of people camping this weekend, the low for Friday would be in the upper 20s but the high Saturday was 60. It was a very nice weekend!
We set up camp quickly and then went searching for enough sticks to burn through the night.
After nearly freezing, (no electricity for heat or the electric blanket) we cooked breakfast.
One of the guys camping with us had a coleman camp oven. I will be buying one of these soon. Just stick a burner under it and it will bake some awesome biscuits! After breakfast we headed out into the loop road. The loop is 11 miles and pretty much circles the perimeter of the valley.
We stopped at the many churches and houses that dot the cove.
In it’s peak, 900 people lived in the cove. There were general stores and hundreds of houses.
Halfway through the loop we stopped to hike to Abrams Falls. The trail is 2.5 miles and is pretty strenuous.
The tag on this tree shows that it was planted on the day Pear Harbor was bombed.
There are many cemeteries thought the cove. This is one of my favorites, it was in the middle of a large field on a high grassy knoll.
Saturday night was much warmer. We made another good breakfast and headed home after driving the loop one more time. I can’t wait to go back and explore more. There are so many things to see in Cade’s Cove.