Spring is almost here and one of the most spectacular sights at this time is the blooming of the trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are about 100 different species of trees in the park.
Some of the most beautiful are: Eastern White Dogwood, Redbud, Cucumber Tree, Wild Black Cherry, Sourwood, Empress Tree and many others.
The GSMNP boasts one of the largest blocks of temperate deciduous old-growth forest in North America.
To learn more about the unique types of forests and to see some of the trees in the Smokies visit:http://www.discovercadescove.net/trees.html
Paula Deen will be opening a new restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee late this summer 2014! It will be located at "The Island" in Pigeon Forge and is sure to quickly become one of the most popular places to eat in the Smokies! It will be one of the biggest restaurants to come to this area. The name will be Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and will be approximately 20,000 square feet to accommodate what will most likely be large crowds eager to enjoy her southern-style cookin’.
For additional information about these fascinating creatures visit: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/amphibians.htm