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Fog At Cades Cove

Enjoy photography of the Smoky Mountains with fog in the valley – at Cades Cove, in Tennessee. Prints available. Thanks for visiting!

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Morning Fog In The Valley

This photograph of morning fog in the valley was taken at Cades Cove, near Townsend, Tennessee. Prints available.

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Return To Abrams Falls

I recently had the opportunity to hike a moderately difficult trail of 5 miles out and back, to the picturesque Abrams Falls, a 20-foot tall and voluminous waterfall located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at Cades Cove, Tennessee.

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies.

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See earlier post: Abrams Falls at Cades Cove, TN

An 11-mile drive through Cades Cove is filled with historic sites from pioneers who settled the area, as well as stunning panoramic landscape views. Hikers should turn right at the #10 marker, following a gravel road to the trailhead for Abrams Falls. Despite the sign posted (above), there are restrooms in the parking area.

For the most part, the trail follows Abrams Creek, providing a soothing sound of running water to enjoy during ones hike. There are several changes in elevation along the way, and the trail can be quite rocky in areas – and, sometimes muddy. This is a popular trail which can become crowded, so it’s best to arrive early. And, don’t forget to bring water!

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Fog In The Valley

Layers of fog settle in the valley across a meadow, as morning sunlight warms upper ridges in the Smoky Mountains. Photographed at Cades Cove, Tennessee. See more.

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Daybreak At Cades Cove

This Smoky Mountains landscape photograph features a foggy morning at Cades Cove, near Townsend, Tennessee. See more.

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The Tipton Place At Cades Cove

The Tipton Place is located along the scenic 11-mile drive in Cades Cove near Townsend, Tennessee. A homestead originally settled by Revolutionary War Veteran William “Fighting Billy” Tipton in the 1820’s, descendant Hamp Tipton later built the two-story timber-framed house in 1878. The grounds contain several rustic buildings, of which visitors may enjoy exploring – as seen below:

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John Oliver Cabin At Cades Cove

Related Post: see also – Elijah Oliver Place at Cades Cove

One of the most popular tourist destinations located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove is just a short drive from Townsend, Tennessee. Wonderful views of mountains, valleys, wildlife and historical structures are featured along an 11-mile loop through the area. Along the drive, visitors will encounter the John Oliver Cabin.

The cabin was built in 1822 by John and Lucretia Oliver, the cove’s first permanent European settlers, one of many structures that followed – several of which remain, today. By 1850, the population of Cades Cove tallied 671.

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A beautiful landscape –

And, the cabin –

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Three Bears At Cades Cove, TN

During a recent visit to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I was photographing an old wooden-homestead, when people nearby began to gather along the tree-line.

I walked in that direction to observe three bears (a mother with two cubs) climbing around in a tree. Here are a few pictures taken during their descent:

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Meigs Falls Near The Little River

Also, see new post: Meigs Falls On Little River

Located outside of Townsend, Tennessee, near the Little River between Cades Cove and the Sugarlands Visitor Center, it’s easy to miss Meigs Falls. Set back from Little River Gorge Road approximately 100 yards, this 20-foot waterfall is only visible from a pull-off area.

There are no trails to Meigs Falls – unless you’re willing to get wet. In order to get close, hikers must wade across the Little River, which, for most of the year, has swift currents and can be dangerous. However, given a reduced volume of water flowing in the river during the autumn season, I was able to safely navigate slippery surfaces to visit the waterfall. Tip: wear your shoes in the water & use a walking-stick for stability.

These photographs – from March 2019 – depict unsafe wading conditions:

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I recently shot these photographs at Meigs Falls. You may visit my galleries at Pixels and/or Fine Art America to purchase prints and/or other items available.

Footnote: There are actually three successive waterfalls, albeit much smaller, above Meigs Falls. To access these areas, hikers must first ascend a very steep 50-foot hill, in order to then descend to the top of Meigs Falls. Small trees and a slew of exposed tree-roots are useful as hand-holds, though hikers should remain cognizant to exercise caution!

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Upper Lynn Camp Falls

This photograph features Upper Lynn Camp Falls, located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, along the Middle Prong Trail near Cades Cove. Several prints are available in my gallery at Pixels.

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More From Cades Cove, Tennessee

Part Two

See Part One – Elijah Oliver Place at Cades Cove

Here are some additional photographs which I’ve added to my gallery at Pixels. If you’d like a print for your home or office, you’ll enjoy several options to select from – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic.

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Elijah Oliver Place at Cades Cove

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies.

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History

Though archeologists have found no evidence of major settlements, it is believed that Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove for hundreds of years before the first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821.

As the population of this Tennessee settlement increased, so too did the number and variety of structures, many historic buildings of which remain to the present day – including three churches, a working grist mill, barns and log houses.

Elijah Oliver Place

Traveling along an 11-mile, one-way loop road which circles the cove, visitors have an opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace, enjoying scenic views, abundant wildlife and preserved homesteads.

A short 1/2 mile from the road, the Elijah Oliver Place dates back to 1866. Elijah was the son of John and Lucretia Oliver, the cove’s first permanent European settlers, and the homestead includes a dog-trot cabin, a chicken coop, a corn crib, a spring house, and a crude stable.

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Here are some photographs I shot while visiting the Elijah Oliver Place –

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Related Post: see also – John Oliver Cabin At Cades Cove

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Lower Indian Flats Falls

This picture features Lower Indian Flats Falls in the foreground, with Upper Indian Flats Falls in the background. I took this photograph while hiking the Middle Prong Trail in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

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The Sound of Water

This photograph features the Spruce Flats Falls, located near Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I’ve added this image to my gallery at Pixels – check it out…

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Beautiful Waterfall

Following a one-mile hike along a rugged trail with elevation changes, visitors are rewarded with a view of this beautiful waterfall – Spruce Flats Falls. It’s located near Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, not far from Townsend. The main falls are 30′ in height, and the surrounding terrain is rocky but manageable.

I’ve added this photograph to my gallery at Pixels, where guests may discover an interesting assortment of print types – great for home or at the office!

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Rocks And Waterfalls

This photograph features a close-up capture of Spruce Flats Falls, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Cades Cove. It’s now available on a variety of prints in my gallery at Pixels.

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Spruce Flats Falls

Located in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains near Cades Cove in Tennessee, Spruce Flats Falls is a lesser-known though beautiful waterfall. It’s 30-feet in height, but measures 60-feet when connected sections are included.

A two mile (roundtrip) trail with helpful signage provides visitors with a scenic, albeit moderately difficult, hike, which includes elevation changes and rugged surface conditions. Here’s an example of what to expect –

Tip: wear appropriate shoes for secure footing.

Despite the need to remain attentive to ever-changing trail conditions, various sights along the way provided interesting distractions. Here are a few:

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And a few more…

Finally, Spruce Flats Falls

The sound of distant running water grew more prominent as I increased proximity to Spruce Flats Falls. Turning the last corner along the trail, I was pleased to discover that I was the only person on site! For over an hour, I enjoyed the unobstructed sounds of nature and was able to take several photographs of the area – without people climbing around.

This all changed when, as I prepared to leave, the first of several groups of elementary school students on a field trip appeared. As is the case with many attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains, tourist destinations can become quite busy, so an early arrival time is recommended.

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Here’s a short video of Spruce Flats Falls

If you’d like to learn more about trails to hike & sights to see, then visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Related Post: see also – Return To Spruce Flats Falls

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River Rapids

Enjoy the white water of Abrams Creek, photographed at Cades Cove in Tennessee. Many different nature prints are available in my gallery at Pixels – check it out!

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Abrams Falls at Cades Cove, TN

See New Post: Return To Abrams Falls

Sometimes it takes longer than expected to reach your destination, as it’s difficult not to pause to enjoy nature. Such was my experience recently while driving to Cades Cove in Tennessee, pausing to view this random roadside waterfall:

Once in Cades Cove, you’ll drive along an 11-mile road that’s a one-way loop through a valley surrounded by mountains. After crossing Abrams Creek, turn right on the gravel road (see Red Star) leading to the trailhead. Restrooms are available.

To beat the crowds – it’s one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Parkarrive early. I began my hike at 9:00 a.m. and encountered only three people returning on the trail, with three more taking photographs at Abrams Falls. By the time I left, dozens of people were en route.

Considered moderate in difficulty, hikers can expect to take 3-4 hours on the 5-mile roundtrip hike to Abrams Falls, which traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock-rhododendron forest along the river. The sound of running water remains constant along the trail, though elevations vary by several hundred feet.

Named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream, Abrams Falls are only 20 feet high but account for a substantial volume of water.

Here’s a short video –

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Here are some beautiful landscape photographs I took while hiking in Cades Cove, along the trail to Abrams Falls

If you’d be interested in owning a print, I’ve included select photographs in my gallery at Pixels. Each is available on a variety of different print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and acrylic.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tennessee Barn

This black and white photograph of an old barn was taken in Cades Cove, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. If you’d like a print for your home or office, there are many different print types to select. Please visit my gallery for more.

I’ve formatted this picture in the style often attributed to Ansel Adams. In addition, this is not a limited print. Thanks for stopping by.