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Cades Cove Aug 2002

Welcome to Cades Cove www.cadescove.net
A "cove" in Smoky Mountain vernacular is a relatively flat valley between mountains or ridges. This particular cove is a showcase for some of the most inspiring natural and cultural treasures that the Southern Appalachian Mountains have to offer. In fact, there are few other places within the entire national park system where both wild nature and human history can be enjoyed in such an idyllic setting.
The primary access to Cades Cove is the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road. If you are driving this narrow road, be sure to watch for bicyclists and pedestrians along the way. If you wish to stop and observe wildlife, please use one of the roadside pullouts so as not to block traffic.

The Abrams Falls hike begins at a field at stop number ten on the Cades Cove loop. The waters at the destination of this hike, Abrams Falls, make an interesting 20-foot drop to the pool and stream below. The path from the Cades Cove valley floor to the falls high above roughly follows Abrams Creek. The hiking trail weaves up and down, back and forth along the ridges surrounding that end of Cades Cove. Though the hike to the falls is relatively short, for most Smokies Visitors the hike is challenging but rewarding. The walk to Abrams Falls trail is definitely well worth the effort up and down the ridges as attested by the trails popularity--nearly 1000 visitors per day in peak season.

On the Abrams Falls trail, the Smokies visitors gets to enjoy the majesty of the Smoky Mountains, rhododendron lined footpaths, as well as the twenty-foot Abrams Falls. The total hike is five miles in length (roundtrip) and climbs approximately three hundred and forty feet up the mountains of Cades Cove.

To get to the Abrams Falls trailhead, go five miles on the Cades Cove Loop Road and after crossing Abrams Creek, turn right on a gravel road which runs through a grassy field. Park at the back of the field where there are signs and a marvelous wooden bridge that mark the beginning of the hike.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Abrams Falls
Abrams Falls
Abrams Falls
Abrams Falls
just below Abram Falls
just below Abram Falls
bridge on hike to Abram Falls
bridge on hike to Abram Falls
field at Cades Cove
field at Cades Cove
deer at Cades Cove
deer at Cades Cove
me on the same bridge
me on the same bridge