Cades Cove, Tennessee

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is from my trip to Cades Cove, Tennessee.

Cades Cove is a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the most popular tourist destination within the park. It is famous for remains of old settlements, lots of wildlife and spectacular views of the actual Smoky Mountains.

Many people choose just to drive through Cades Cove, but it’s best to park your car and get out to explore the area. It is home to twelve historical structures that include various churches, schools and watermills. The Cades Cove Methodist Church, which is what’s pictured below, was organized in the early 1820s, although the actual church itself wasn’t completed until the early 1900s, which makes it one of the more recent buildings there.

If anyone has a chance to visit, I highly recommend it as these sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are registered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It might not be worth a whole day’s trip, but there are plenty of other nice parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can visit while you’re there.

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