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. Plan to visit Cades Cove and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions using our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planning app .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Cades Cove is a valley situated in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounded by gorgeous mountains. It was Cherokee hunting grounds for centuries until settlers came to the are in the ear...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    BEAUTIFUL! This is a must do at the national park! Breathtaking views and some historical sites you are able to walk through.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    A very nice half day to day trip based on how much you stop to see various structures or trails. Allow yourself plenty of time because at times it is bumper to bumper. For a secluded drive do Rich Mou...  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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