MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is featured in a new book by National Geographic called “Secrets of the National Parks.”
National Geographic asked ten of the nation’s top nature writers to share their expert tips for enjoying hidden park treasures and little-known experiences.
Robert Earl Howells is one of the book’s authors. Howells notes that Cades Cove is one of the Smoky’s best loved areas, but summer traffic jams can make the valley difficult to enjoy. The “Secrets” book suggests you visit the Cove at daylight or as early as you can manage.
Howells says an even better idea is to visit the cove on a Wednesday or Saturday when it’s closed to vehicles.
“So take a bicycle, and you can peddle in there and peddle through Cades Cove, and truly have a really peaceful, quiet experience, the way the park was meant to be experienced, without a lot of hubbub and traffic.”
“Secrets of the National Parks” is available through the National Geographic website, or at Amazon and other retail outlets.