The area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was referred to as ‘Shaconage’ by the Cherokee, which roughly translated means ‘land of the blue smoke’. It has acquired this nickname because of the color of the mist that is seen over the peaks. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the Southern Appalachians that are the oldest mountain ranges in the world. This park is the most visited national park in the US and does not charge any admission fees unlike some other parks. Cades Cove is one of the most popular sights in this national park, which is evident by the traffic jams that occur here in summer.
Cades Cove is a beautiful valley region that is a mixture of meadows and forests. If you are a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, the Cades Cove area offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the entire park. When you choose to visit Cades Cove, you have the chance to see white-tailed deer, ground hog, coyote, black bear, raccoon, turkey, and skunk. Tourists love this region because it offers spectacular hiking trails and horseback riding opportunities. History lovers must visit the 19th Century settlement that includes historic buildings such as pioneer log cabins and churches.
The forests in Cades Cove are filled with several hiking trails that let you explore natural beauty at your own pace. The trails that go through the Abrams Falls are worth taking because the picturesque view of a waterfall with a 20 foot drop is heavenly. The best way to explore all the beauty of this area is to take the Cades Cove Loop Road, which is an 11 mile one-way loop road. This path is usually open all year round from sunrise to sunset. You must at least give three to four hours to tour Cades Cove if you want to explore most of this area. The ideal way to experience this beautiful valley is to stay in one of the Cades Cove cabins for a couple of days and enjoy nature at its best.
There are various reasons why Cades Cove cabins are better than the hotels in the area. Some of these include:
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