Tag: Cades Cove Loop

  1. Camera in the Park: Summer Flowers in Cades Cove

    Camera in the Park: Summer Flowers in Cades Cove By Nye Simmons Photography is quite simple, and yet at times it can seem hopelessly complex. Some people go to university to study photography and get advanced degrees, but others manage to do it without any special training at all.  Not a photographer, you say? Chances are you already have a camera app on your phone that has amazing Read more...
  2. Family-Friendly Walks in the Smokies: Nature Trails Part 2

    Family-Friendly Walks in the Smokies: Nature Trails Part 2 Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than a dozen family-friendly nature and historic walking trails. They’re perfect for a quick walk in the woods to see the park’s flora, fauna, and remnants of the past. This is the second in a three-part series of blog posts describing these trails.  In my last blog, I covered Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: See Cades Cove From a New Perspective—By Bike

    Trailside Talk: See Cades Cove From a New Perspective—By Bike Images by Quentin Ellison If you had to pick the top three spots in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the answer might be: 1. Cades Cove2. Cades Cove3. Cades Cove This exquisite mountain valley attracts visitors by the thousands in every season, and for good reason. The views are spectacular, animal life is abundant, and some of the Read more...
  4. Just How Big will the Big Day Be?

    Total Eclipse USA 2017

    Nothing quite like it has ever happened, at least not in these modern times of mass and social media. Other than China’s annual Lunar New Year celebration, there is almost nothing to compare it to. Sociologists, planners, and astrophysicists alike are scratching their heads and speculating on just how many people will jump in their vehicles and head down the road to witness the “Great American” total solar eclipse on the afternoon of August 21, 2017.

    Some are even predicting the largest mass human migration in history.

    Many are pointing out that 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the eclipse’s 68-mile-wide “path of totality,” while only 12 million Americans live within the path. Not to mention all of those who will travel from other countries for this very special event. Eclipse blogger and GIS guru Michael Zeiler says, “Imagine 20 Woodstock festivals occurring simultaneously across our nation.”

    A little better than half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is within the eclipse path, and August is already a busy month here with some 40,000 visitors per day. What if that number doubles, or quadruples?

    Of course, the onslaught of humanity won’t be confined to the park’s roads and trails. The greatest impact will be on major roadways leading from the north and south (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Lexington, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham) to the eclipse path. Conservative estimates predict some 1 million people will head to Tennessee for the big day.

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