A large valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides, Cades Cove is one of the most popular spots in the entire Great Smoky Mountains. This destination provides some of the best chances to see different types of wildlife like the large amounts of white-tailed deer that are commonly seen grazing on the surrounding grounds. Additionally, visitors have been known to see ground hogs, coyotes, black bears, turkeys and skunks in this area.
Located in the Southern Appalachian’s, the Newfound Gap is similar to a New England “notch” or a western “pass”. Standing 5,046 feet above sea level, this attraction has the lowest drivable pass in the entire mountain region. The Newfound Gap was not formerly recognized until 1872 when Arnold Henry Guyot discovered the location as the second tallest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains.
One of the most historical destinations in the entire park, many different buildings have been preserved in the Cataloochee region of the park. Some of the historic buildings that date back to the 19th and 20th century’s include a school, two churches, many old homes and outbuildings.
A great place to see wildflowers and historic buildings, Roaring Fork is a must see destination. Because of the surrounding mountain streams, this location was given its unique name. For anyone that travels the road after a hard rainfall, you will quickly see why Roaring Fork has been given this exact name.