Cades Cove Near Wears Valley, TN

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Cades Cove is, quite simply, the most beautiful and dignified cultural spot in all the Tennessee Smokies. That is a well-known fact throughout the state, and it only gets more true the more others discover it.

For those who don’t know, Cades Cove is a valley settlement with a lot of historical value for the area. The area was first settled in 1818 with more moving in, slowly but surely, and developing the cove for farmland and homestead by 1850. Cades Cove saw activity through several major eras of the Appalachian history, including the Civil War, Prohibition, the foundation of the National Park and more. As a result of the history, and federal protection, the area is a living time capsule with many historic structures still up, wildlife roaming free throughout, and an atmosphere of the Smokies that feels as old as time, and still more refreshing and needed than ever.

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You can hike, bike, drive, and even camp in Cades Cove. The options for enjoying this area is endless, and suddenly the knowledge of why Cades Cove is the #1 tourist destination of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park seems obvious! See more on Cades Cove at

Why you should visit Metcalf Bottoms in Wears Valley

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Looking for a great spot to picnic and gather together in the Smoky Mountains? Your first start should definitely be Metcalf Bottoms off of Lyon Springs road.

Simplicity at its best is what makes Metcalf Bottoms a popular visit for locals and visitors alike. It is simply a large pavilion surrounded by the natural greenery of the Smokies. The flowers bloom in great colorful supply during the Spring, the emerald glow of the spirit of the mountains welcomes you in during the Spring, the changing leaf colors simply dazzle you from one end to the other during the Autumn, and the white canopy of snow adds a quiet dignity that is trademark of the Smokies during the Winter. There is ample parking space, outdoor grills, and room enough for 70 people.

An ideal place if you’re looking to host a:

* Family reunion
* Church activity
* Company activity
* Community picnic

Or any other group activity you can think of that can put you closer to nature!

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