History Hike - Cades Cove

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Tuesday May 7

9:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Guides: Mark and Janet Snyder

Meeting location: Cades Cove Orientation Shelter located at the beginning of the one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.

Join us for a day hike in scenic Cades Cove, and learn about the lives of the settlers in the area. While there, we'll visit as many cemeteries as possible. In no particular order, we'll carpool with stops at the Post, Boring, Lequire, Robert Burchfield, Davis and Hilltop cemeteries and discuss the history of settlers to the area and their burial customs. 

If time allows we'll visit a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp location, old homesites and the location of the Ekaneetlee Lodge, where Eleanor Roosevelt once stayed, as well as John D. Rockefeller.

Other highlights of this trip will include the potential for spotting wildlife, newly restored native grasslands creek and mountain scenes.

Mileage: 5 miles maximum. This is not a hike, but we will be exiting and entering our vehicles during this experience.

Activity Rating: Easy to moderate. We will be walking on uneven surfaces that will have trip hazards such as exposed roots and rocks. 

What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort and sturdy trail shoes, we also recommend you bring along all-weather gear, sunscreen and a backpack to keep your items in. A notebook and pencil, a personal first-aid kit and terkking poles may be helpful as well.

About your guides: Both Mark and Janet are members of Great Smoky Mountains Association, Cades Cove Preservation Association, Little River RR & Lumber Museum and Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. In addition, they maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.