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On that November afternoon when I first saw Cutter Gap, the crumbling chimney of Alice Henderson's cabin stood stark against the sky, blackened by the flames that had consumed the house. The encroaching field grass and chickweed and pennyroyal had all but obliterated even the outline of the foundations.
These are some places you might want to visit that we locals enjoy frequenting. Not all of them have webpages, but if you ask someone, they'll give you directions!
Places to Eat/Local Produce
CARVER'S APPLEHOUSE RESTAURANT
Carver's has, quite possibly, the best fried apple pie in the world. Good, hearty homestyle cooking with a spectacular view of the orchards and Mt. LeConte. The produce market next door sells dozens of types of local apples, canned goods and is where most of the small local farmers take their produce. Highly recommended.
3460 Cosby Highway
SEAY'S COUNTRY STORE
Groceries, gas & restaurant. Entertainment Saturday night. Outstanding Sunday lunch.
785 S. Hwy 107
Del Rio TN 37753
PIGOEN RIVER SMOKEHOUSE
Barbeque and grill, just down the mountain.
3105 Big Creek Rd
Old Timey soda fountain attached to a pharmacy. This is the real thing...not a re-creation.
602 East Broadway
Newport, 37821 (423) 623-3088
When you're hungry as a bear, come grab some grub at The Cub. Famous for their open-faced sandwiches.
4344 Cosby Highway
Cosby, 37722 (423) 487-2143
COSBY BAR-B-QUE PIT
4414 Hooper Highway
For a complete listing of local area eateries check with the Cocke County Department of Tourism.
Places to Soak up the Scenery and Wildlife
1425 Chapel Hollow Road,
Del Rio 37727
This falls is said to get its name from the ruffled grouse's unusual practice of wallowing in the dust. Although it does not carry a high volume of water, Henwallow is a beautiful cascade that fans out as it slides down sheer rock for almost 100 feet. The moderate 4.2 mile trail near the entrance to Cosby Campground leads through hemlock, poplar and rhododendron forest.
Right on the Appalachian Trail, Max Patch is a high clear pasture and a favorite of hikers and locals alike. You can take an extended hike or drive right to the Max Patch parking area.
VIEWING THE ELK
The best area to observe them is in the south eastern section of the park on the North Carolina side named the Cataloochee area which contains most of the elk which can easily be observed in the three large fields accessible by your vehicle.
It will take you at least 45 minutes to get to the Cataloochee area of the national park from exit 20 on I-40. After 0.2 miles make a right onto Cove Creek Road which will take you 11 miles into Cataloochee valley which is fairly well marked.
Hike Maddron Bald trail to Albright Grove Loop. This is the oldest stand of old growth forest on the eastern seaboard.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
For a complete listing of our natural attractions visit the Cocke County Department of Tourism's site.
Places to Hear Our Music
HILLBILLY'S MUSIC BARN
1580 Norwood Town Road,
Del Rio 37727
THE SAND BARN LIVE MUSIC AND DANCE
Del Rio, TN 37727
Bluegrass Country Music Friday 7-10PM
Almost any local area church...
You will notice many small churches on your travels. Most of them offer some of the most inspiring gospel music you will hear. The area is famous for using atonal harmonies and shape-note singing. Drop by for a service and join in!
Quirky, Regional or Interesting
THE SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER MUSEUM
4845 Hwy 321
TREASURES OF APPALACHIA GALLERY
3892 Hwy 321
The Cosby Ramp Festival
(celebrating our delicious wild mountain vegetable)
Pickn, Plantin' & Plowin'
Arts and Crafts Gathering
The majority of the events take place in Townsend, but the Del Rio trip is a big highlight.
Red, White and Bluegrass Celebration
Crafting with music.
Christy Mission Homecoming
See the place Catherine Marshall's beloved characters really lives! The welcome will be warm as Fairlight's (Flora Corn) grandson Larry Meyers shares some stories of the actual residents of Chapel Hollow.
Native American PowWow
Native American food, crafts, Mother Earth Beat drumming and singing, dance and more! Local entertainment during break. Contact Eugene Orick at 423-487-2876 for more information.
Apple Pickn' Days
A celebration of Cocke County's high apple production. Fun, Food, Music, Arts & Crafts.
On Cosby Festival
Celebrating the Moonshine Capitol of the world!
Call Bettye Carver at 623-8791 for more information
For an even more comprehensive listing of events, go to the Cocke County Department of Tourism Calendar.
For additional trip suggestions, we recommend TripAdvisor.
Clinton and Irene Shelton
Big Creek Cabin Rentals
1935 Old 15th Road
Hartford, TN 37753
Call Us: (423)-487-3776