A Must-Visit Destination in Gatlinburg
One of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains with some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area.
Its rich history and incredible scenery make it a must-visit destination on your trip to Gatlinburg, and a guided tour will help you discover everything Cades Cove has to offer in one memorable trip.
Wildlife Viewing at Cades Cove
Cades Cove is encircled by an 11-mile, one-way road loop that lets visitors sightsee at a relaxed pace from the comfort of their vehicle. There are many pullouts for stopping to view wildlife, snap photos, or just enjoy the scenery. For a more hands-on adventure, be sure to check out the area’s walking trails. You can pick up a self-guided tour pamphlet/map and make your own adventure. Some of the best trails include the five-mile round trip trail to Abrams Falls and the longer hike to Thunderhead Mountain. Other attractions are a campground with year-round access and a horse camp.
To make the most of your Cades Cove visit, reserve a guided tour and let an East Tennessee local fill you in on all the important facts and fascinating history of the area. Learn about the Cherokee Native Americans who hunted in the Cove and the first European settlers and their arrival in the early 1800s. Your guide can help you spot wildlife like coyotes, turkeys, white-tailed deer, and even the occasional black bear.
Come explore this verdant valley and don’t forget your camera for wildlife photos! Reserve your guided tour today.