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Cades Cove

107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
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Type: Scenic Drives, Valleys
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving
Description: A scenic valley filled with remnants of the old American pioneers.
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Chicago Area
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We loved the scenic drive to Cades Cove. Stopped at several spots to take in the views along the way. Enjoyed looking through the cabins and old grist mill in Cades Cove. We brought our lunch to have a picnic but it began to rain so enjoyed our lunch in our van taking in the beautiful scenery. A kind older... More

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Baltimore
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The start of the loop road is at Cades Cove Visitor Center, about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Gatlinburg. If you head towards Townsend, TN, you'll see the signs directing you to Cades Cove. You can access it from Laurel Creek Road. There is no food or restrooms along the loop, but you can stop at the store... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at Cades Cove! We went late in the afternoon and took a very slow drive, taking in all the views of the mountains, the animals, the homesteads and churches. Much more to see if you drive slow and look through the woods for animals moving. It is well worth the time and drive.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Usually we love this place but this time was disappointing. First, the drive up from Sugerlands was a slow crawl and then when we reached the Cove it got worse. It would have been worth it if the leaves were pretty or there had been a lot of wildlife but neither was the case. I have never seen so many... More

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We drove thur Cade's cove and it was really nice seen some wild horses. Seen some bears and wild turkeys. Really pretty well worth the drive and time spent there.

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We really had a relaxing time driving through the mountains. Make sure you leave at least 4 hours to go all the way through and take time to get out of your car and explore the beautiful grounds and historic buildings. We also saw quite a bit of wildlife - excellent!

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Kosciusko, Mississippi
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We embarked on our adventure for the day. We got there really early at 8 am. We did not see a car in sight till coming upon the first cabin. There was park ranger waiting there at cabin with lots of education material. He was astounding at his knowledge and stories of the area. We stayed there for over an... More

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MANKATO
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104 reviews 104 reviews
46 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I would suggest getting an early morning start and driving in through Townsend, not from Sugarlands Visitor Center. The road from Sugarlands is very time-consuming and can be backed up. Yes, it is pretty, but the road through Wear Valley and Townsend is also pretty and much faster. The Cove is better traversed as early as possible, because in the... More

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Goshen, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The scenery was amazing and so beautiful! We loved driving through! The colors and the views of the mountains was gorgeous!

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

There just aren't enough words to express the history and excellence of the presentation there in Cades Cove. You can walk around and enjoy the history of how people lived and worked and survived during that period of time! Excellent! Also a beautiful drive and lots of historical buildings to look at along with wildlife!

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