A Couple of Smoky Bears

We’ve only taken the motorhome east once and that was to visit family in Virginia and Maryland. Most of our trips are out west or up towards Wisconsin, where our youngest daughter lives with her hubby and two kids.

On the one eastern trip, we saw four bears, three in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and one – crossing the road not long after we got into the park – at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Cades Cove Black Bear, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, May 5, 2009

The two bears in these photos were in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cades Cove Black Bears, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, May 5, 2009

Cades Cove is a broad valley surrounded by mountains.  One of the most popular destinations in the park, an 11-mile one-way loop circles the cove.  The National Park Service recommends allowing at least 2 to 4 hours to tour Cades Cove.  “Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures.” (NPS)

Cades Cove Black Bears, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, May 5, 2009

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