11-Oct-2000 -- Mary Jo and I wanted to get away for
the long weekend and Tennessee seemed like a good place to go. We had never
been to Cades Cove. For those who don't know, Cades Cove is located on
the west side of the Smoky Mountains south and west of Gatlinburg. We
had missed the peak of the leaves by a couple of weeks but this also
meant we missed the hoards of people. We did get to see plenty of deer
and one big black bear. I was energetic enough to hike the 5 miles
round trip to Abrams Falls. I was not sorry. It was a magnificent
I had planned to seek out 35N 85W on the way up but it got dark by
the time we got to Chattanooga. According to the map the target was
only about 8 miles East of I75 with some "gray" roads on three
sides. Traveling south on I75 we exited on Hwy 11 then took 321 to 317
about 1.7 miles from Apison is Howardsville Rd. This is a fine little
paved road and gets you to within 511 feet of the target. The target is
actually on the north end of a large fenced pasture. The house that
goes along with this pasture can be reached off of Red Clay Rd. There
is a gravel driveway that gets you to spitting distance of the target.
I walked down this drive and then slipped through the fence to get to
Photo 1 is a looking down this drive with the target to the left.
Photo 2 is a closer look of the target.
Photo 3 is a long look South looking North from Red Clay Rd.
Photo 4 Abrams Falls
Photo 5 is the GPS