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    Trail to Mingus Mill

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    There is a short unpaved trail leading to the mill and the creek that supplied the water for the mill.

    Trail to Mill Trail to Mill Creek
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    1st Amendment Area

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    There is a spot along the trail designated as a "1st Amendment Area" meaning you can exercise your right to Freedom of Speech. You can also hand out printed material if you obtain a permit first.

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    Observation Tower on Clingman's Dome

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    There is an observation tower at the summit of Clingman's Dome to enhance your view of the surrounding area.

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    Fields and Farm Animals

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    In addition to the buildings and equipment on display there are open fields with great views and farm animals.

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    Other Outbuildings in Cades Cove

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    There are a variety of outbuildings on display that were used for various purposes, like storage of crops, protection of livestock, smokehouses and a number of other things.

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    Other Barns in Cades Cove

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    Along the loop road you will find a variety of types of barns. I especially liked the T-Shaped Barn.

    T Barn Barn Barn View of T Barn Inside
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    Other Homes in Cades Cove

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    In addition to special farmhouse displays like the John Oliver Cabin there are a wide assortment of other farmhouses along the loop road.

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    Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    There is a historic cemetery where area residents were interred next to the Primitive Baptist Church.

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    Primitive Baptist Church

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    The Primitive Baptist Church was organized in Cades Cove on 16 June 1827, and long served valley residents. The church has a simple elegance.

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    Mission Baptist Church

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    The Mission Baptist Church was organized in the 1820s with the current frame structure replacing an earlier church in 1902.

    Mission Baptist Church Inside the Church
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    Little Pigeon and Oconaluftee Rivers

    by Basaic Written Dec 27, 2011

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    US Highway 441, the main road through the park, roughly follows the course of the Little Pigeon and Oconaluftee Rivers. There are several pullouts along the way with nice views of these rivers.

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    Meet the People

    by Basaic Written Dec 27, 2011

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    There were several friendly and helpful rangers and volunteers I talked to at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Meeting the people is always one of my favorite things to do anywhere I go.

    Ranger Volunteer Mary Jo Volunteer Lauren
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    Drive the Newfound Gap Road

    by Toughluck Updated Oct 1, 2010

    Beginning at Sugarland Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN and crossing the mountains to Cherokee, NC.

    Chimneys CCC Tunnel Parking at Newfound gap
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    Take a Hike - enjoy the views

    by Toughluck Written Feb 22, 2008

    Heintooga Overlook, a vista (with rustic sign) located steps from the roadside and Balsam Campground (1959).

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    Cades Cove

    by cee4tom Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Cades Cove is a beautiful area of the park, it's a low plateau where early settlers came to live. You can visit the cabins and churches they left behind that have been preserved by the park.

    Settler's cabin
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