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.



Sparks 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 Wagoner.

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

This two-way road is a shortcut to return to the Coves entrance and the campground and picnic area. However, if you pass this turn you will have to continue the full length of the Cove road.

This NORTH-SOUTH lane crosses the cove, and was part of a family-to-family road system that evolved by the 1840s. It is a short cut back to the campground or out of the cove. It is a two-way road..


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Photographs by Sarah Speer

Information supplied in-part from Booklets by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.