Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#1 of 104 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 love this beautiful scenic drive when visiting the Smoky Mountains. There are so many amazing views, not to mention plenty of historic buildings to stop and check out. I would say the best time.....  more »
  • My husband arrived at 8:00am at Cades Cove on 4/12/21. There was not much traffic on the loop rood. We stopped at John Oliver Place. We saw 4 white-tailed deer in the forest on the right side of...  more »
  • Don't miss this place if you're in Tennessee if you like history or beauty. A Must See
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