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Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel…This was leaving Cades Cove….The light rays were amazing on this morning..Hope everyone has a great weekend…Thanks for your views and comments.

Oct 27-30, 2007

The Great Smoky Mountain

A very beautiful place to shoot


Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. Deer are almost always sighted in the fields, and observations of other wildlife, including bear, Wild Turkey, and fox are possible. Please use pullouts when viewing wildlife and never approach or feed animals.


A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. These include a grist mill, a variety of barns, three churches, and a marvelous collection of log homes and outbuildings.


An 11-mile one-way loop road takes you around the cove. Traffic will be heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.


A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the loop road.


Numerous trails originate in the cove, including the five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls and the short Cades Cove Nature Trail. Longer hikes to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top (made famous by the popular song) also begin in the cove.


Several designated backcountry campsites (camping by permit only) are located along trails.


Only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the loop road from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September

The Smokey Mountain National Park is a short distance from Highlands..I couldn't leave without spending at least two days in Cades Cove.

Great Smoky Mts. National Park

Dusk on the loop road in Cades Cove, TN

just going through some archival images from my trip to the Smoky mountains...I loved the early morning fog that settles in the low lying areas.

Cades Cove, Great Smokey Mtns. TN

Image was taken in Cades Cove in the Smokies. Camera was an Olympus E-PL5 converted to infrared by LifePixel.

This is one of my favorite buildings in the Smokies, 3 exposure HDR

Cades cove, Smoky Mountain National Park.


Explore 6/22/2013 CP 347


Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Dolly Parton


Looking southeast across an open meadow in Cades Cove. The drama in the sky was spectacular. Best viewed on black "L".


Camera: Nikon D7000

Exposure: 1/250 sec

Aperture: f/5.6

35 mm Equiv Focal Length: 78 mm

ISO: 125

© Copyright John C. House, Everyday Miracles Photography.

All Rights Reserved. Please do not use in any way without my express consent. As always, this is better viewed large.


This shot is actually a re-post; Lightroom decided that I had done something to it and insisted that we publish it. I'm not sure what I did; I had looked at it looking for the version that I use for printing but didn't do anything to this copy that I know of. Anyway, I'll leave it up. It's from quite a few years ago in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Storm clouds fill the sky above Cades Cove

Just another sunset in Cades Cove. A beautful place for sure but very fustrating trying to get around that loop road. So many people looking for a bear. Morton's Overlook is probably the better bet for sunset.

Taken before Christmas last year. The weather was awful- a steady rain and 35 degree temps. Had Cades Cove completely to myself!

Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. The valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park. Today Cades Cove, the single most popular destination for visitors to the park, attracts more than two million visitors a year because of its well preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant display of wildlife. The Cades Cove Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cades Cove, Tennessee

October 16, 2010

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Sunrise on a fogging morning on the loop road in Cades Cove, TN

Morning light in Cades Cove. The mountains in the distance are obscured by the clouds.


EXPLORED on September 28, 2011


Camera: Nikon D7000

Exposure: 1/125 sec

Aperture: f/5.6

35 mm Equiv Focal Length: 76 mm

ISO: 400


Rain yesterday, snow today, going through old photos. Took this one last year in the Smokey Mountains. We had a great day, even with the storm clouds in the morning it never rained that day. One hour after this shot we had perfectly blue sky.

Sunrise with horses, cades cove, great smoky mountains national park, tn

Spring Break 2014- Smokey Mountain Nat'l Forest

Enjoying a late afternoon hike along Sparks Lane in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. This 11 mile loop is a peaceful driving tour and follows many of the grades and turns of the old wagon roads, fording a stream now and then.


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This is a little side stream off the main road into Cades Cove. Never have noticed it until now.

Right place at the right time. This is the Cable Mill in Cades Cove Tennessee.



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Shortly after entering Cades Cove there is a pasture to the left of the road that has horses grazing. In the group I usually go with, everyone seems to be oohing and ahhing about the horses and snapping pictures right and left. However, if one looks back to the east, sometimes neat scenes present themselves. I think this is one. The sky is a weird color and the mist is rising, as always, in the morning in Cades Cove.


HDR of The old mill in Cades Cove at Smoky Mountian National park.

Usually I patiently wait until people have cleared the scene before I take the picture. Here, I actually think this kid who wandered into the scene gives a sense of scale to the ridge towering above Cades Cove. This was taken right when the reddish-orange light of the setting sun was lighting up the mountains surrounding the valley. I really haven't spent much time in Cades Cove, so I still don't have many spots I'm familiar with in the area - this was just an exploratory drive, that ended in an unfortunate hour long traffic jam of visitors trying to exit the Cove before sunset.

An Old Farm in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains.

3 exposure HDR the longest was 8 seconds created what I think is an interesting effect on the water and wheel.

Spring 2013 has arrived in Cades Cove! We set the alarm clock extra early and arrived just as the gate opened at 7 a.m. We stopped many times along the loop, exercising our legs and shutter-fingers. And we devoured a picnic lunch near a woodland stream. Simple bliss...


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


Featured on Twitter by Best of National Parks group





John P. Cable built his grist mill in Cades Cover in the early 1870s. He was a descendent of Peter Cable, a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer who had arrived in the area in the 1820s and designed an elaborate system to drain the swampy lands located in the western part of the cove. John Cable was the only person in Cades Cove to use an overshot water wheel, a gravity wheel which harnesses the force of gravity acting vertically on the water as it travels from the top to the bottom of the wheel. Cable Mill's power was supplied by Mill Creek, although a connecting channel was dug to Forge Creek so the mill could tap both streams when water levels were low. Cable Mill took double advantage of its waterwheel by using it to power saw mills as well. This revolutionized the way homes were built in the cove, as people switched from using logs to lumber and frame construction. The Gregg Cable house still stands as an example of a frame built house in Cades Cove.

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First Morning in the Smoky Mountains. Got up way before sunrise and rode my mountain bike from Cades Cove Campground to Hyatt Lane and waited for the sun to rise. As the car line to get into the Cades Cove group was growing by the tens and twenties, I just lifted my bike over the gate and rode off into the dark.


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