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Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
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Type: Valleys, Scenic Drives
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving
Traveler Description: Cades Cove’s history dates back a while when the Smokies were being formed. When the mountains stopped growing the natural weathering process took... more »
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

FYI - entry should be rolled up with Cades Cove Loop Road. I don't consider the highlights of this drive really to be the scenery or the wildlife, although I rate those both "very good" for this loop drive. I would say that if you take the time to get out and visit the historic sites (cabins, cemeteries, churches), then... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The drive through Cade's Cove was beautiful and the views were breathtaking! There were several large pull off areas to hike, visit a historical landmark or take pictures. We were lucky to see a mother bear and her cubs sleeping in a tree! Half way through the loop is a visitors center with a gift shop and a lovely area... More

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Enterprise, Alabama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This was a nice drive through a valley between magnificent mountains with interesting historical stops along the way. The park rangers were very nice and informative. Their gift shop halfway through the drive has many great souvenirs including yummy spicy jarred pickles and beats. They also have beautiful wooden Christmas ornaments detailing scenes from the park. This would be a... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I dearly love going to the mountains and exploring nature, and after many people recommending it, we decided to try Cades Cove. Like all great sites to see around Gatlinburg, it is ultimately ruined by the amount of people who congest the roadways. The drive to Cades Cove took roughly an hour, and the views were amazing. Once in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We've been coming to mountains for 20 yrs, and we always hit the loop. There is always something fascinating to see. Bears crossing roads, Deer playing with each other, Turkey & fox. A MUST visit for anyone wanting the mountains experience.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A very pleasant drive through the valley with various Historic houses and churches all along the loop, all slightly different and all worth a visit. The wildlife was obviously on holiday when we were there but this did not detract from the beauty of the valley. Even with a lot of traffic there is no real hassle as most drivers... More

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NY
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was a very cool ride through the Smoky Mountain National Park! In information we read before going there people reported seeing bears. We figured it was a one in a million chance. Well, we were luck! As we drove through the park we came across a couple cars pulled over on the road. We stopped to see what was... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Every time we visit Gatlinburg, we have to do the Cades Cove loop tour. It is 11 miles and every inch has something beautiful to behold, from the general scenery, to the pioneer cabins to the wildlife you are bound to see. I would recommend this little journey and take your time to stop and smell the roses. They even... More

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Cades Cove is beautiful and nature is abounding. We saw 2 bears last week and the neatest part was how far up in trees they go. I never knew how high they went. Amazing. The other thing that I love is that the rangers that work there are so great at answering questions. If you take the time you can... More

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Sevier County, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The breathtaking views of mountains and cove are made even more spectacular in the early morning when mist and clouds decorate the mountain ridges. Deer and bears are abundant, especially this time of year, and the historical structures are an added attraction. The 11-mile loop drive around the cove can be interrupted at various places with original log structures dating... More

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