We drove back into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but this time we were headed for Cades Cove, one of the most popular tourists’  destinations in the park.  It was a 30 mile drive to get there and then we drove an 11 mile loop through the cove.  "The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821. By 1830 the population of the area had already swelled to 271. Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park.”  The National Park Service recommends allowing two to four hours to drive the 11 mile loop.

It is supposed to be a great place to view wildlife, but we only saw a turkey and some deer.  The drive was very pretty though.

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Going back to our cabin we spotted this bear STANDING on the side of the road eating holly berries off of a tree.  While I was trying to back up and get a better picture, he decided to eat them sitting down.

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