Great Smoky Mountain Cool: Wildlife Watching at Cades Cove

It’s Travel Thursday and  we’re blogging over at Owl Fly Away today!

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It was a cold and foggy morning in the Smokies, and the weather forecast called for rain, so we decided to take a drive round Cades Cove instead of attempting to drag the children on a wet hike in the mountains.

Cades Cove is a wide valley surrounded by mountains, which was home to Cherokee and European settlers before the founding of the national park, and is currently one of the best places to go wildlife spotting. The road through Cades Cove is an 11 mile one-way loop which takes you around the most scenic parts of the valley. Driving slowly, it takes about four hours to complete the whole loop, including stopping off to explore the well-preserved historic buildings.

We were able to see herds of deer grazing peacefully in the meadow, with the occasional lonesome young buck leaping through the tall grass, turning its head proudly to display its antlers…

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