on September 30, 2008
Cade's Cove is a "U" shaped, eleven mile, one lane, and one way road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This short road can take over three hours to traverse. If a bear is sighted (common) the line of cars stops and everyone gets out to see the cute, but dangerous bear. The cars remain stopped until the bear wanders off into the woods and the lead car begins moving again. Every once-in-a-while the bear is less friendly and the cars move faster. When a tourist is stupid enough to attempt get an "up close and personal" picture of the cute bear without the benefit of a telephoto lens, things can and do go tragically wrong. There are warning signs posted and travelers are warned at the ticket office to stay in their automobiles. The bears are wild animals and are dangerous at all times. Of course, some folks aren't real smart.The drive through Cade's Cove is beautiful with some of the most lovely views in this part of the Appalachian Mountains. There are several pioneer homes and farms as well as a Primitive Baptist Church, Missionary Baptist Church, and a Methodist Church. The cove is second only to Las Vegas in tourism.
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