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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Cooper Trail Road

 
 

The next officially maintained trail by the park service is about 4 miles from the entrance to the loop road and is called Cooper Road Trail. Once again you are not likely to encounter more than a handful of hikers on this old wagon road which the residents once used as an easy way out of Cades Cove. It almost entirely flat, and goes all the way to the edge of the park. For a day hike you can go as far as you have time for and turn around and come back. For most people this would mean hiking to the Beard Cane trail. This would be about a 10 mile round trip, but with almost no elevation gain. It would only take about 5 hours, giving you enough time to do a little more sight seeing after you get back.

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.

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