There were a couple glitches in our trip, however. The rain started just after we got back on the road from our lunch break. We had rain, heavy at times, off and on for the rest of the drive, off and on throughout the evening, and over night. All in all, a lot of rain fell. Another thing that slowed us down was an incrediably long wait for gas at a Pilot Truck Stop. Everybody had the same idea we did, I guess--get gas in between rain showers. The last hold up was near Townsend on the last leg of our trip before entering the National Park. A recent land slide resulted in only one lane of the road begin open for about a quarter mile stretch. Everybody got their turn in due time, but the waiting was difficult at that point, begin so close to our destination.
|Fungus on a log|
Cades Cove is a large campground with about 150 sites. Reservations are recommended for summer months. It’s all about the location. The campground is at the beginning of the 11-mile loop road which leads into historic Cades Cove. This is a popular tourist destination partly because of the historical significance of Cades Coves, partly because of the tranquil setting, and partly because it is a great place for spotting wildlife, especially black bears.
|A heron we saw as we started our hike this morning|
We came to hike, of course, and there are several trailheads in the Cades Cove area. Today’s hike was along the Abrams Falls Trail to Abrams Falls. Access to the trailhead is near the back of the cove almost to the Visitor Center. As we drove through the cove, we saw several tom turkeys strutting their stuff. That was exciting. We also saw several deer, but no bear.
I am happy to report that Cades Cove Loop Road has been resurfaced. Boy, did it need repairing last time we were here. During the summer months, the loop road is closed to motorized vehicles on Saturday and Wednesday mornings until 10 AM to allow joggers and bicyclists to enjoy that 11-mile loop. Since the summer season hasn’t started yet, we were able to get an early start to the trail.
I think I’m going to stop here and save the hike description for the next post.
So, I guess that’s all for today. Thanks for tagging along.