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Cades Cove Visitor Center

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Address: 1 Cades Cove Loop Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37882
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+1 865 436 7318

Inside the national park. Seasonal ranger-led programs. Indoor and outdoor...

Inside the national park. Seasonal ranger-led programs. Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures. Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

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Great first stop before the Loop Road

There are booklets for only $1 to guide you on your drive of the loop road. It was very nice to learn a bit about the area before it became a park. Each visitor center had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ann G
Wausau, Wisconsin

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are booklets for only $1 to guide you on your drive of the loop road. It was very nice to learn a bit about the area before it became a park. Each visitor center had unique exhibits to see, and it was worth stopping at all of them.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cades Cove is a gorgeous natural setting. The visitor center and restrooms were nice. The historic buildings consisted of a main house, a mill, an outbuilding used for blacksmithing, and other buildings without any interpretation. Inside the main house there was a sign announcing the former owner and her place in history. Inside the mill was a park interpreter who... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are restrooms here which is reason enough to stop on your way around the loop. The parking lot can get really crowded especially after a bear jam, although there were plenty of spaces this time. The mill and historic buildings are not accessible. Ask the rangers about wildlife sightings, road conditions on Rich Mountain or Parsons Branch, or tips... More 

Thank Paul S
Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice oasis stop while driving the Cades Cove Loop. Snacks, drinks, trinkets, restrooms. Plenty of parking.

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Great Falls, Montana
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Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

I love visiting Cades Cove. If it wasn't for other visitors being inconsiderate, it would be enjoyable. Our last visit was downright torture. It took us 4 hours to get through because traffic was so backed up. We didn't expect it to take that long, my kids got hungry and cranky. They ended up taking a nap through most of... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

Fact: Cades Cove is beautiful and everyone should visit. The visitor center not only has all your souvenirs but also has people inside who love what they do and know the history. Don't be afraid to ask them questions about the park or anything else. We had a great time talking with them and sharing our stories.

Thank Chris S
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

We decided to get out of the costly tourist area and sight see and take a small hike. The welcome center was large and full of information and the staff was very friendly and helpful with information in the area. With this we had a great day with a day hike and the sights were out of this world

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Reviewed February 23, 2017

We have visited Cades Cove multiple times. It is usually very busy and slow moving...that gives you more reason to check out the history of the place. There are a number of original buildings that are well worth your time.

Thank Donna B
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Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

We usually start our trip here and end it there. Beautiful peaceful so much to see. Don't forget to stop at mill great cornmeal.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

This is an easy ride and a relatively short ride through the mountains so it is great for families - there are stops to make on the way of old homesteads and communities - and it is really beautiful - and we saw bears in the woods - that was the highlight - a mom and two cubs! Great trip... More 

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