The Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown were owned by vacationers from nearby Knoxville before the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While many have fallen into ruin a select few are maintained by the park service.
The Cataloochee Entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the peak of the Cataloochee Divide. Getting there requires an adventurous drive up Cove Creek Road as it narrows and twists up the mountain.
The Cherokee called the Great Smoky Mountains “Shaconage” which roughly translates to the Place of Blue Smoke. And if one visits there the translation immediately becomes crystal clear,even if the extended view from the overlook is not! Continue reading →
This elk cow is browsing near the Palmer Chapel in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cataloochee is an excellent spot for viewing elk and other wildlife. In addition, there are several historic structures to explore.
I was reading some reviews about black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and was surprised to learn that many people come to the Park EXPECTING to see a bear. In many cases these reviewers were disappointed.
It occurred to me that there may be an information gap regarding the somewhat large bear population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the actual likelihood that a park visitor will actually see a black bear. Continue reading →