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Cades Cove

Address: 107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
Phone Number: (865) 436-1200
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Type: Scenic Drives, Valleys, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving
Owner description: A scenic valley filled with remnants of the old American pioneers.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Valleys, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving
Owner description: A scenic valley filled with remnants of the old American pioneers.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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228 reviews 228 reviews
54 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

There is so much to do here and it is so beautiful! You can ride your bicycle around the 11 mile loop or walk it, or take your car. All along the loop there is old log cabins and churches from the early settlers that you can walk in. There are hiking trails that lead to waterfalls and fun little... More 

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South Point, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Even though it was a little rainy it was a nice drive through the cove, learning about the history. We got some lovely pictures and encountered a few deer and wild turkeys. Didn't have any traffic jams as other have but I am sure that is due to the time of the year.

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Brownstown, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

my wife loves to go here all the time great photo opportunity, family-friendly, and free! Our recommendation: If you only have one day to spend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, do yourself a favor and spend it in Cades Cove. The drive to the cove is worth the trip. There are several waterfalls along the way, and the... More 

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st.Louis , mo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We drove the Loop in 2 cars, 8 people. we stopped at houses and wonderfuk old churches and church yards along the way. There are amazing views and picture perfect spots along the way. We saw bears, hawks, vultures and many other recidence of the woods. Make sure you pick up a guilde book on the way in thehistory is... More 

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Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Great photo opportunity, family-friendly, and free! Our recommendation: If you only have one day to spend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, do yourself a favor and spend it in Cades Cove. The drive to the cove is worth the trip. There are several waterfalls along the way, and the road winds and runs beside the mountain stream for... More 

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Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Cades Cove is a must-see for any trip to the Smokies. The drive to the cove takes about 45 minutes and is next to rushing streams and rapids. There are many pull-offs to stop for pictures along the way. When we arrived jat the cove just before dusk, the park ranger was there to lock the gates. We were the... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I have been to Cades Cove a couple times and just love it. So serene, peaceful and historic. They also have horseback riding and wagon rides as well. It's just nice to take the scenic route, pull over at one of the many pull overs and take your time. Could even pack a lunch and enjoy the cove. I will... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you just want to drive and get out to enjoy the wildlife this is the place. about 1-2hrs around the loop depending on time of day and weekends. Lots of old cabins to check out and many deer to take pictures of. I followed a Buck taking pictures for about 1/4 of a mile while my wife drove. Nice... More 

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Myakka City, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Do I love Cades Cove? Yes, it's beautiful. Unfortunately, it's extremely crowded and over-traveled. You won't find peace and tranquility, though I did get a few good photos. We don't visit there every time we go to the Smokies (if I don't feel like dealing with heavy traffic & crowds, forget it).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I consider this a must do when at the Great Smoky Mountains. We see bear there on most trips and even seen a Bobcat one time running into the woods. Turkey and Deer always. We have heard Pileated Woodpeckers there pecking on trees but have yet to get to locate one. Wildlife is very visible at Cades Cove. If you... More 

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