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Cades Cove

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A scenic valley filled with remnants of the old American pioneers.
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107 Park Headquarters Rd, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738-4102
+1 865-436-1200
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Cades Cove used to be a place with History, Solitude and also very attractive place to visit. No More it is nothing more than a linear parking lot. It has become to popular to enjoy anymore. I am very happy I experianced Cades Cove some...More

Thank James D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great scenic picturesque place..go early to see turkeys, deer & bear moving about in their personal habitat

Thank itsgailmarie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited Cades Cove twice during this mid October trip. Once at 1 PM and once at 5 PM. The 5 PM visit was the most crowded and had the least amount of wildlife. It was a nice sunny afternoon with moderate temperature. The midpoint visitor...More

Thank M S
Reviewed 6 days ago

I heard about the cades cove scenic loop through research online and decided to try it out with a friend. I was excited to bike the loop, as I've never been to the Smokies before. We found the campground where they rent bikes easily with...More

1  Thank JethandJed
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is an absolute must see. I go every single time I'm in the area. Tip... Get out of the car and enjoy the experience of this place.

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husbands grandmother was born and raised in Cades Cove so he feels a connection to this area. We love the hiking, the homes and churches and the camping. The loop can be very interesting, we have seen a couple of bears and turkeys.

Thank briddle54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visit this place every trip. But over the years the bear sightings have dwindled. The only thing you see now is a Turkey or two. I believe this is due to over crowding of people and the fact when there is a sighting people...More

Thank kid506
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to Cades Cove many times and never disappointed. This time we didn’t see any bears or elk. It was a humid day so I’m sure they were keeping cool. I would strongly suggest bringing a picnic lunch and/or cooler of drinks. This...More

1  Thank food4thought65
Reviewed 1 week ago

This weekend we ended up in Cade's Cove after not visiting for at least five years. After this weekend's adventure, it will be another five years or more before we ever return. I'm not sure if there is any time that is better than the...More

2  Thank daischop
Reviewed 1 week ago

An absolutely beautiful drive with lots of trees. grass, and historical buildings to enjoy. Alas we did not see any animals, but did see some turkeys. The drive was easy with lots of other traffic so it was slow but courteous. No need to be...More

1  Thank ed7531
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26 August 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
Bears hibernate a bit differently in the Smokies. There is absolutely no way to predict if you will see any bears.
11 August 2018|
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Response from ClassroomDoctor | Reviewed this property |
We do not pull a camper, but usually are in either a 150 or 350 Ford Pickup. There are a couple of routes available. We placed an extensive review of our visit, including directions, should you be interested. Entitled Cades... More
Jessica L
27 July 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
Since I do not know where you are staying, drive times will vary. The loop road is closed on Wednesday and Saturday until 10AM until late September to all vehicle traffic. Check GSMNP website for exact date The Fall Rod... More