Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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These points of interest appear in the order of the trip you will take around the Loop Road
01 Sparks Lane 02 John Oliver Place 03 Primitive Baptist Church 04 Methodist Church 05 Hyatt Lane 06 Missionary Baptist Church  07 Rich Mountain Road 08 Cooper Road Trail 09 Elijah Oliver Place 10 Abrams Falls 11 Cable Mill Area 12 Henry Whitehead Place 13 Nature Trail  14 Dan Lawson Place 15 Tipton Place 16 Carter Shields Cabin.

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Hyatt Lane

 
 

This was the trail to Maryville in the 1830s. Eventually it was improved into a wagon road by Joe Cooper. Today it is a 10-mile foot trail terminating near the Foothills Parkway.

Hauling goods in and out in good weather was difficult; in rainy weather, almost impossible. Ten or twelve miles per day was average time, so shopping trips took about three days and nights. Newspapers and gossip usually returned with the wagoneer.

If you look closely, you will see the compacted ruts and gentle swales of other roads throughout the Cove.

If you wish to return to the Cable Mill area, turn here and go back across the Cove. Indian trails from the south joined here, crossing the Cove and the mountain into Tuckaleechee Cove. Hyatt Lane -- named for a family from Haywood County, North Carolina who lived on the lane in the 1830s -- follows the Indian trace across the Cove.

 
     
 
 
 

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Photos by Sarah Speer

 

Photo by Sarah Speer