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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#1 of 7 in Scenic Drive in Tennessee
Valley Scenic Drive
Nestled among Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove offers opportunities to explore historical areas and untamed wilderness. Drive the 17.7 km (11 mi), one-way road circling the lush valley at an easy pace. Stop to view the mills, churches, barns, and houses dating as far back as 1818, when the first European settlers arrived in the cove. Keep an eye out for the region's resident deer, wild turkeys, and black bears. At the visitor center, pick up an informational booklet, available for a small fee, so you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the area. Before you head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer, including Cades Cove.
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  • Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views Cades Cove has to offer. Both visits to the area my hubby and I saw bear! Take your time and keep your eyes peeled!!  more »
  • One of my most favorite places in Tennessee. A early morning drive the 11 mi loop will reward you with abundance of wildlife ie. deer, bear, turkey and many bird species. There is also native plants a...  more »
  • We decided to go on our last evening of our vacation since we hadn't seen any bears yet and it was recommended by many to go here. We did see deer, turkeys and a coyote. The scenery is beautiful, but ...  more »

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Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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