Cades Cove Nature Trail

This Smokies trail is particularly beautiful in the Spring when the dogwoods bloom and also in the Fall when the sourwoods and maples turn a beautiful red. Once the location of a Chestnut tree grove, The Cades Cove Nature Trail now has many stately pines and oak trees. The Chestnut trees which provided an important source of food for early cove settlers, were killed by disease many years ago. Chestnut sprouts still pop up in this area...

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Cantilever Barn
Dec03

Cantilever Barn

A feature of the Cable Mill display at Cades Cove is the preserved cantilever barn, a design in which the upper story was larger than its base. The design is a 19th century farm structure that is generally found in the Sevier County area. Since the structure was not popular in other areas as well, there’s very little information about them. These barns featured and overhang for an upper loft. The lofts were used for storage of...

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Mill flume

The mill flume was a device used by Cades Cove’s pioneers to divert water from a stream to power a mill. The water turned a large waterwheel by falling on the large paddles.

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Smokehouse
Dec03

Smokehouse

Pork was the principal meat of the time, so smokehouses were common in Cades Cove, and other areas throughout the Smokies. Smokehouses were the way for the early settlers would cook the meat for meals. Using the Smokehouse in Cades Cove It was customary in the Smokies to fatten the hogs on abundant chestnuts found in huge chestnut groves once common in Cades Cove. The farmers actually took their hogs to a chestnut grove and left them...

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Corn Crib
Dec03

Corn Crib

About the Cades Cove Corn Cribs In the early days of Cades Cove, when settlers were making a life in the Cove, corn was an important crop. Both settlers and animals required corn to survive, and the corn crib was the building that protected the crop. Aside from grain for livestock, the corn was ground into cornmeal and used for making cornbread, grits or simply left whole to make hominy as well as other traditional uses. Cades Cove...

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