After our hike on Middle Prong Trail on May 7th, we drove out to Cades Cove to see what we could see there. The valley of Cades Cove was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park. It's a popular destination for visitors to the park because of its well-preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant display of wildlife.
Carter Shields Cabin at Cades Cove
This deer was foraging near the Carter Shields Cabin
On the way back to our hotel that evening, we stopped to see a small waterfall near the Park Headquarters.
On Thursday, May 9th, we drove to the Elkmont area of the national park and hiked up the Little River Trail. The following pictures are from that hike.
Stone bridge near one of the now-abandoned home sites
A White Violet
I don't know if these are white violets or something else. They look a little different than the first one.
I'm not good at identifying things, so I just call this one "Yellow Butterfly."
Doug took this river view with the camcorder.
Huskey Branch Falls
This is another of Doug's camcorder shots.
Friday, May 10th, was our last day of this visit to the Smokies, and we spent it relaxing in another favorite place in the park: the Greenbrier area. There is a spot by the river where we just enjoy spending an afternoon of reading.
The river at the beginning of the trail to Ramsey Cascades
A pretty little wildflower, also near the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead
Later that day, we drove out on the western Foothills Parkway, where I took the following panorama shot of the view from the parkway.