Cades Cove

Cades Cove is one of the most scenic areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove covers an 11-mile loop road where you will see beautiful meadows resting beneath majestic mountain cades coveranges, historic cabins, churches, and other historic structures, and wildlife. Wildlife includes black bear, turkey, coyote, and deer.

Throughout the Cove, you will discover many hiking trails, a large picnic area with bbq grills, bicycle rentals, and most noteworthy, breathtaking landscapes. Also, peaceful rivers and streams run throughout the Cove. Especially relevant is that from mountain peaks, you can enjoy magnificent views of the valley below.

How long does a drive through the Cove take?

When visiting this area of the national park, plan to spend a minimum of two hours to drive the 11-mile loop road. If you choose to make stops to view wildlife, visit Cable Mill (an historic grist mill), take a hike, or visit some historic structures, plan to spend the day. You will want to bring a picnic lunch, snacks, and soft beverages. During seasonal months, snacks can be purchased at the general store as you enter Cades Cove.

Best time to visit & what you will see

Cades Cove is wonderful during any season of the year. Furthermore, there are more than 20 hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers, lots of forest area, majestic mountain peaks, and wildlife. You will often see black bears in the fields or alongside the road. Sometimes they will be in trees. There is also an abundance of deer and wild turkey.

You will find a visitor center at the halfway point. There are restroom facilities, water fountains, and, most of all,  a gift shop in the visitor center.

Cameras Needed!

Be sure to bring your camera because you will find a multitude of photo opportunities.

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bikingBicycling in the Cove cades cove horsesHorses from the Riding Stable
cades cove trailAbrams Falls Hiking Trail deerDeer
cades cove visitor centerWelcome Center cades cove welcome centerYou’ll get a warm greeting at the Welcome Center
cades cove bookstoreCades Cove Bookstore sorghum molassesSorghum Molasses, Apple Butter, & more!
water on roadWater Filled Road – Drive on through cades cove autumnAutumn Season
Church in Winter cable millMill in Winter
winter cabinWinter Scene cades cove heritage toursTake a Guided Tour
Special Events in Cades Cove

Every Fall, you can have fun at the annual Molasses Making demonstration in the Cove.  You can also purchase molasses at the store in Cades Cove.  There is live mountain music and lots of fun at this festival.

Abrams Falls Trail
Beard Cane Trail
Ace Gap Trail
Bote Mountain Trail
Appalachian Trail

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