Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Blount County, Townsend, Tennessee • United States
The hunt for the best fall foliage led me to visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While usually at this time of the year the fall foliage would have been at its peak, this year it was delayed by a month due to an ongoing drought and almost daily heat records in September and October. But another wish of mine, photographing in Cades Cove with some fog came true before I left the National Park to continue my journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Cherokee Indians used the valley of Cades Cove as a hunting ground and established a settlement, known as Tsiya'hi (Otter Place) here prior to 1800. The Treaty of Calhoun in 1819 ended all Cherokee claims to the Smokies and Tsiya'hi was abandoned. But Cades Cove derived its name from the Tsiya'hi leader Chief Kade.
The first permanent European settlers arrived in 1818. After Cades Cove was included into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the modern structures of Cades Cove were torn down, while the primitive structures, indicative of pioneer life in earlier Appalachia remain.
Source: Smokies AdventureLille Ulven, from
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