Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#1 of 102 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • We were staying in Pigeon Forge so it took us about an hour to get to Cades Cove? However the views of the river along the road is worth stopping n seeing without rushing on up to the valley area...  more »
  • Cades Cove is truly a gorgeous area! It was a very rainy day when we visited, so we were not able to appreciate the surroundings, except through our car windows! Most of the wildlife must have been...  more »
  • We have been coming to the Smoky Mtn’s for 25 years. We always loved Cades Cove but it just isn’t worth the time any more. Up to about 10 years ago it was great. Lots of animals to see and traffic.....  more »
  • Don't miss this place if you're in Tennessee if you like history or beauty. A Must See
  • So pretty
  • Beautiful drive
  • Stunning valley. Abrams falls was a nice hike, but worth it. Wildlife everywhere.
  • Great place to visit! Very relaxing and clean would go everyday if I could.

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