John Oliver Cabin Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains

John Oliver Cabin
John Oliver CabinĀ The John Oliver Cabin is a pioneer log cabin located in Cades Cove, which now lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The John Oliver Cabin is a pioneer log cabin located in Cades Cove, which now lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Unlike the national parks in the west, which were platted out from government lands, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was once thousands of parcels of land, owned by many title holders. Continue reading

Spring Wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains

Rhododendron along Kephart Prong
Rhododendron along Kephart Prong

Spring Wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park draw flora lovers from near and far. The display of early blooms takes place from March through June as the park is transformed into a garden rivaling Eden.

But all of Nature’s artistry does not manifest itself at once. Several factors determine when and where flowers will be blooming. Continue reading

Rhododendron along Kephart Prong

Bull Elk in Cataloochee Smoky Mountains

Before the Elk were reintroduced into the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this was a quiet and lonely place.

But these magnificent animals draw wildlife enthusiasts from near and far that are willing to take the extra effort required to get into Cataloochee.

The narrow, winding access roads can be rather busy in the early morning or late evening houses, so please use extra caution during those times.

Carter Shields Cabin Cades Cove

Carter Shields Cabin Cades Cove.

For most visitors to Cades Cove, the Carter Shield Cabin is the last stop before exiting the Loop Road. But it is not to be missed. This is a great place to pause and reflect on the people that lived and worked here before the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National park.

More about Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fall Foliage along the Newfound Gap Road

If you want to seeĀ Fall Foliage along the Newfound Gap Road plan your trip between the second week of October through the first week of November.

Elevation is the key, with the higher regions peaking early and the lower valleys peaking last.

Of course, Mother Nature is prone to changing her mind at any time. Early freezes, heavy rains, dry weather, and the amount of sunlight can affect the Fall show, so the longer you stay on your visit the better chance you will have of finding good fall foliage along the Newfound Gap Road

Great Smoky Mountains Oconaluftee River

John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove

The Sinks on the Little River

Flame Azalea in the Great Smoky Mountains

Dwarf Crested Iris Great Smoky Mountains

Trillium in the Great Smoky Mountains