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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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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  • We were there on a rainy and cold day but the views were still awesome. Didn't see much wildlife but that was due to weather. The road was easy to navigate with plenty of "pull-offs" to stop and see n...  more »
  • Cades Cove is one of my favorite places to visit! I would have loved to lived here back in the day! We love to walk on the trails. On one trip while walking a trail we saw 3 bears & last time we saw a...  more »
  • really great way to view animals in there own inverment old home steades you can go in and look around and photo animals  more »

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