Tag: Cades Cove

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about Bears at Cades Cove Visitor Center

    Frequently Asked Questions about Bears at Cades Cove Visitor Center By Sarah Shiver, Sales Assistant I have spent much of my life in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which allowed me to learn about it from a very young age. Each visit provided a new learning opportunity and helped me become familiar with (though certainly not an expert in) everything from hiking trails to animal behavior. While Read more...
  2. Trailside Talk: A Last Ride With Dad

    Trailside Talk: A Last Ride With Dad Story by Mike Hembree In his later years, my father showed considerable interest in things of his past: his service in World War II, the first car he owned (a Chevrolet, of course), and the cattle he raised, largely as a hobby. For most of his 87 years, he talked little of the past, particularly avoiding the war years. Like many of his Read more...
  3. Image for the Asking: Carter Shields Cabin

    Image for the Asking: Carter Shields Cabin Story and image by Don McGowan The census records for the year 1850 tell us that Cades Cove—that most idyllic valley in Blount County, Tennessee, in what is now the southwestern corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park—was populated with 135 families accounting for 625 hearty souls. Six years earlier, on February 5, 1844, the Read more...
  4. Park recruits volunteers for monitoring program

    Park recruits volunteers for monitoring program Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. In honor of Dr. King's legacy, we share this upcoming opportunity to volunteer to observe visitor use patterns in the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting Read more...
  5. The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin

    The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin The following story originally appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Smokies Guide. Back issues of the official Great Smoky Mountains National Park newspaper are available to read online or download at the GSMA Smokies Guide archive. The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin The John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove was built in 1821, three Read more...
  6. Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies

    Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies For many families living in and around the Smokies before the creation of the national park, fall was the season for harvesting and processing sorghum syrup—a sweet treat that shines particularly when combined with butter on hot biscuits and pancakes or mixed in porridge and grits.  Today, the smell of simmering syrup still summons Read more...
  7. These Puzzling Times

    These Puzzling Times By Karen Key  During these times of self-isolation, with children out of school for months on end, I’ve found myself struggling to find enriching, educational activities that keep my second grader, Violet, occupied at home.  She misses her regular routine, her teachers and her friends—and, as time goes on, it only gets Read more...
  8. Video Feature: Cades Cove, First Week of Spring

    Video Feature: Cades Cove, First Week of Spring By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate We know you are missing your favorite places more than ever, and there's a good chance that Cades Cove is one of those places that is near and dear to your heart. Maybe this short video from the Cove from a few years back will help. It was the first week of spring in 2015 when I Read more...
  9. The Strange Case of Cades Lake

    Cades Map

    Depending on who you were and what you stood for, the idea of turning most of Cades Cove into a 50-foot-deep lake—three miles long and two miles wide—was either brilliant or terrible.

    Pro-lake constituents included National Park Service Director Arno B. Cammerer (immortalized by the naming of Mt. Cammerer), Tennessee Governor Gordon Browning, the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association, park booster Col. David Chapman, and Knoxville City Manager George Dempster.

    Those opposed included acting and former NPS Directors Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, Robert Sterling Yard of the National Parks Association, and stalwart conservationists Harvey Broome Benton MacKaye.

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  10. Family Heirlooms Come Back to the Smokies

    Alexander Lawson - Dresser

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received a priceless donation of Cades Cove artifacts to the museum collections. The great-granddaughter of Dan and Sidney Lawson, Robin Derryberry of Chattanooga, TN, donated a chest of drawers, family Bible, wedding portraits, and other family photographs to the National Park Service for longterm preservation at the National Park Service Collections Preservation Center in Townsend, TN.

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