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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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Take Your Time and Enjoy the View

The best times to take this drive is EARY morning and dusk! You'll see more wildlife then, and between those hours it can be bumper-to-bumper during prime seasons. Be sure to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The best times to take this drive is EARY morning and dusk! You'll see more wildlife then, and between those hours it can be bumper-to-bumper during prime seasons. Be sure to allow sufficient time to stop and enjoy the Visitor's Center, the historic buildings, and the walking trails.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I am a lover of wildlife and nature photography. I could spend my whole Smoky Mountain vacation in Cades Cove and be very happy. One tip I would give would be get up early and plan to spend several hours just taking your time to drive through Cades Cove and just one trip around the loop is never enough. You... More 

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful 11 mile ride around the cove cabins built in the 1800 's maybe some built early 1900's. June July & August is a great time to see bear's roaming around. Deer, red fox, horses, Old churches, graveyards, Beautiful mountains even a 5 mile hike to a waterfall & no i haven't seen the waterfall yet but plan to this... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A must stop when in the smoky mountains. 25 miles from Gatlinburg and an 11 mile loop drive once there. You can also bike through the park but it is so busy with cars in the afternoons that I would not recommend it. The views and trails are wonderful. We een saw bear during our drive. Can't miss this one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, scenic drive with many stops along the way. Plenty of areas for the kids to get out and run around. Prepare for at least a couple of hours, if not longer.

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Marietta, Georgia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Cades Cove is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There is one road in and out. Entering the area, a large picnic/camping area appears on the left complete with restroom facilities. The drive is a one lane, one way loop of several miles. Scenic pull-offs are generously provided allowing those who wish to take a look or to... More 

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Brazil, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a one way only loop on the west side of the Smokies. You will see wildflowers, wildlife and historic spots. 11-mile loop that takes at least 2-3 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Cades Cove is always a great visit. We see how the early settlers lived and view nature and wildlife such as deer, turkey and other wildlife in this naturally beautiful setting.

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Bixby, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

This valley, about an hour outside Gatlinburg, is extremely pretty. The surrounding mountains really have some great vistas of the valley. Plenty of places to pull over and take pictures. Several historic bldgs in the park. It is said that the best time to view wildlife is sunrise & sunset but we were there in the middle of the day... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

No trip of mine to Gatlinburg is complete without a visit to Cades Cove. Over the years, I've been a couple dozen times. Early is better. There are a lot of deer and other animals in the cove and the sooner you get started on the loop, the better. In my experience, the best way to see the wildlife is... More 

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