b'When touring Cades Cove, you will drive along an 11-mile loop that follows many of the curves and courses that settlers forged years ago. Along the way you willlikely come upon wildlife, such as the white tail deer, wild turkey, ground hog and an occasional black bear. The Cove takes visitors into another time, experiencing heritage in each building and wilderness around every turn. Though this is a driving trail, you must get out of your car and experience the tranquil beauty of the trails, wildlifeandscenery.Belowyouwillfindsome information on what the Cove has to offer.Your first stop on the loop is (1) John Olivers Place. The Olivers settled into Cades Cove in 1826. This home remained in the Oliver family until the Park was established in the late 1920s. Taking a left you can visit the (2) Primitive Baptist Church. Early settlers established this church in 1827, with only a log building to serve thecommunity until 1887. During the Civil War,public unrest shut the church down. Back on the loop you will see the (3) Methodist Church. This building and its furnishings were reportedly the work of a single man, J.D. McCampbell. A blacksmith and carpenter, he Mileage to builtthechurchin115daysfor$115.Helaterbecamea Cades Cove Loop preacher; serving the areas Methodist population and doing From Townsend - 9 miaway with the use of circuit preachers for this less dominate From Gatlinburg - 27 mi faith.Just after Hyatt Lane you will find the (4) Missionary Baptist Church. This church was formed in 1839, when members of the Primitive Baptist Church were dismissed for favorin missionary work. This structure dates from 1894, beginning with a member-ship of 40 and eventually rising to an enrollment of 115. During theCivilWarthechurchfailedtomeetforservices,but reopened following the war minus Confederate sympathizers. To the right you will find (5) Rich Mountain Road. Once an Indian trail, this road was built by the state of Tennessee in the 1920s.This12-milelongtrektakesvisitorstothepark boundary. Here a remarkable view of the cove awaits from the top of the path. (6) Cooper Road Trail sits just ahead. This trail once served as a path for wagons, but today it is a 10-mile hiking trail that ends near the Foothills Parkway.National ParkAt the end of a half-mile hiking trail you will find (7) Elijah Oliver Place. Surrounded by a smokehouse, barn and springhouse, this home takes visitors back to a different time. The springhouse looks down on the rest of the home, offering a clean water supply and insuring what modest sanitation was available. At the next stop you will find the (8) Cable Mill Area. This area features the Cades Cove Visitors Center, the blacksmith shop, cantilever barn, smokehouse, Gregg-Cable house, the corn crib and the John Cable Mill. The mill is still working and visitors can stop in and sample or purchase corn mill and flour as our ancestors once did. This is a must stop for visitors to the Cove. On up the trail you will find (9) Henry Whitehead Place. Built in 1898, this log house and surrounding dwellings are an example of the roughest and finest log construction in the Smokies.* The Cades Cove Loop is open from 8:00 am until Sunset. No Cars Allowed on Wednesdays from May 5 - August 25134 SmokyMountainNavigator.com'