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Address: 107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
Phone Number: (865) 436-1200
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving
Description: A scenic valley filled with remnants of the old American pioneers.

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Beautiful landscapes, interesting historical sites - but you cannot rush it.

This was a very enjoyable few hours in the National Park. The kids liked it because we could get out at each sight and walk around. The scenery is beautiful. Be aware - this is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

After reading the rave reviews, we decided to make the drive to Cades Cove with our 6 children ages 2-12. MISTAKE. Super long car ride with no real reward at the end. Were the mountain meadows pretty? Sure. Did we see wildlife? A few deer. Were ANY of our kids impressed? Absolutely not! Very long, slow, boring drive. Sure it's... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This was a very enjoyable few hours in the National Park. The kids liked it because we could get out at each sight and walk around. The scenery is beautiful. Be aware - this is a one-way loop road. You cannot hurry... and if it were really busy, I could see this taking a long time. Be prepared to enjoy... More 

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Chatham, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This beautiful part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must see. A perfect place for a picnic, a quiet stroll or a long hike. There is always wildlife to see as well as wildflowers and beautiful vistas. The scenery truly restores your soul. Best to not go on a weekend or during the summer as it can... More 

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Iwakuni, Japan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

An eleven mile paved pathway with multiple stops along the way. Old homes, churches, and cemeteries are found nestled in the Smoky Mountains. We saw many deer and two black bears grazing. Worth the beautiful drive with a few areas to stretch your legs and explore.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This was a nice area to drive around the park and see some wildlife. We saw a few deer and wild turkey. We stopped at one of the older churches and looked around. We actually saw more deer right by the campground before we drove around the loop, and I was able to get up pretty close to them there.... More 

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Marion, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This a scenic motor route that is approx. eleven miles. There are several places you can stop and get out and explore. The kids enjoyed looking in the cabins. The scenery is gorgeous!. We didn't see any bears(we were hoping too) but we saw lots of deer. Fun experience!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We had one beautiful day during our 4 day trip to Gatlinburg, and thank goodness we spent it at Cades Cove. The people at the little tourist hut at the beginning were very helpful and the self-guided driving tour was great. Our kids were a little hyper and they were really excited to get out of the car at the... More 

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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We just love the drive around the cove! The snow made it extra special. We always love stopping at all the little pull overs and taking our time. We can't wait to return.

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Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have gone twice and really enjoyed our visit. We saw a lot of deer close up on our last visit.Great for small children too.

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Boylston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This was a beautiful 11 mile loop drive, with great scenery and interesting historical buildings. We were fortunate that it wasn't that crowded since it was a drizzly, cloudy day - I can see how the traffic would back up and it could be a frustrating drive if crowded. Even still, there were the cars that went about 5 miles... More 

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