Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#1 of 7 in Scenic Drive 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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  • It was cold but we saw a few animls. A lot of wild turkey, a few deer, no bears tho. It was snowing, making the area that much more beautiful.  more »
  • I had no idea what to expect when my boyfriend took me here. He's been once before. It is definitely a MUST SEE! Its an 11mile loop, takes a good chunk of the day. Go early, take munchies and stuff ju...  more »
  • My fiance' and I wanted to check out some nature on our vacation to Gatlinburg. It was suggested that we give Cades Cove a try even though we had a lot of rain due to Hurricane Irma. We grabbed a litt...  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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