Last week, I was able to go with my mom, my daughter, and a dear friend, for a day trip through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN. A big part of our day was spent enjoying an 11 mile scenic loop through a section of the park called “Cades Cove”.
You know how much of a romantic that I am! So… you can probably guess how I responded when our friend Candy shared a little known tidbit of information with us, just as we were entering the park.
She said… that this was the very place where they had filmed the movie series “Christy”! It’s a heart-warming romantic tale of the life of young Christy (played by Kellie Martin), as she ventures off into the backwoods to teach the Appalachian people to read & write. She encounters various & sundry obstacles along her journey, and has to lean heavily upon her faith and courage as she starts her new life in “Cutter Gap”.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch it, I highly suggest picking up a copy from Amazon or your local movie store.
Anyway… as we drove around the cove, I started to recognize many of the mountains, open pastures, babbling brooks, and historic buildings from the lovely tale, which made being in those gorgeous surroundings that much more romantic!
Here is a glimpse into our special day.
There are approx 1,500 black bear in the Smoky Mountain national Park – and many live in and around Cades Cove
I LOVE the mixture of stone, moss, and rocks while walking through the forest
You can spy many different waterfalls around the park. Wouldn’t you just love to spend the day in the pool beneath this one!
There’s something so heart-warming about seeing a farmer “putting up” provisions for the upcoming winter months
I love the workmanship of this log & stone home
This tree was begging for some attention 😉
The historic mill is still in use, as they demonstrate the ways of yesteryear
Tools of the trade
I love the workmanship on this stone chimney!
The little settlement in the cove
I just had to get a closeup of this moss covered shake roof!
I love the way this creek flows right over the crossing!
Another cute little guy 😉
There’s no cost to enter the park, so it makes for a nice family day trip! Here’s a link with some more information – Cades Cove
Here is a video, so you can take the tour with me 🙂
The next time you watch Christy… be sure to think of me 😉