Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.5
#1 of 145 in Nature in Tennessee
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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  • Amazing. I would go again and again. The views are incredible. We were able to see a bear, turkeys, horses and deer up close and personal. The old cabins are so neat to see and the old churches are br...  more »
  • Don't understand all the hype. Kind of bored me. Got there early on a weekday around 9 to avoid too much traffic which worked. Enjoyed driving the 441 better with all the great pull offs and river vie...  more »
  • Exhilarating drive to reach the Cove (coming from a Floridian). Beautiful scenery in the meadows with mountains as the backdrop. This provides great pics of the kids. Saw a few turkeys, an 8 point buc...  more »
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  • If you like history, or want to see a bear, this is where you go. You drive through at your own pace. There are places to pull over and get out to walk and see the historic homes and churches. Peaceful. Very nice way to spend an afternoon. There is also a campground if you want to stay there.
  • This is a great area in the smokies! A nice drive around the 11 mile loop road. If you are up for a nice hike to a waterfall go to Abrams Falls. It’s about a 5 mile round trip moderate hike. Bring a lunch and eat at the falls. The hike is up and down hills. Some slippery rocks at times. You need to be sure footed to hike. Also on certain days you can bike the loop road without any car traffic in the mornings. Check the website for those days and times. If you are lucky you may even see a bear or 2. Lots of wildlife everywhere.
  • Such a beautiful place. It’s a couple of hours to make it all the way around so make sure you have enough gas. It’s fun to look for the wildlife, we actually saw a bear. If you want to see bears the best time to go is in the spring. This place is gorgeous and worth the trip.
  • Cades Cove is truly one of the most beautiful places in the Smokies. The only problem is everyone else also knows it and it can get very crowded. It is well worth it to see and the beauty is astonishing, I gave it 4 stars only because of the traffic, both foot and auto, that can become congested and at times ruin part of the scenery and fun but it's such a wonderful place even knowing this foible we continue to come back again and again.
  • Best place to see wildlife. Its 11 miles of drive and you can go hiking as well. There are hike trails properly marked and ample parking. Really beautiful scenery with open fields and mountains. We saw bears, coyotes and different deers. There are various spots where you can stop and take pictures. If you see lot of cars at one place, it means definitely some wildlife. If you saw baby bear, be aware, mama bear is somewhere around it.
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