Experience
Cades Cove

You don’t need a DeLorean to go back in time. Cades Cove, just outside of Gatlinburg, grants visitors a look at life in another era through structures built by the area’s early settlers. Take an eleven-mile journey through the remnants of Cades Cove history and the awe-inducing beauty of the waterfalls and forests that have only grown grander with time. There are many ways to experience Cades Cove–horseback riding, biking, hiking or by car. Just be sure to bring a camera.

Back to Experience Gatlinburg

  • The History

    Live the pioneer life and learn the story of the Cove’s first settlers.

  • Happy Trails

    There’s adventure around every corner of the Cove. Lace up your hiking boots and experience the natural beauty today.

  • Get Active

    Cades Cove isn’t just for cars. Here are some other ways to get active in the area.

  • On the Way

    Getting there can sometimes be the best part.

The History

The History

Remember the time…

Was life simpler back in the 1800s?

Decide for yourself by visiting the eclectic collection of historic structures still standing at Cades Cove. You’ll find churches, a working gristmill, barns and restored homesteads built by the Cove’s first settlers and located right off the Loop Road.

Knowledgeable park rangers and staff are stationed around every corner and ready to answer your burning questions about Cades Cove history and what life was like way back when.

History’s never been so much fun. Go back in time now.

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happy trails

Happy Trails

Step up to adventure.

Blaze your own trail and get off the beaten path on one of Cades Cove’s numerous hiking trails.

See the gushing waterfall at Abrams Falls, breathe in the fresh mountain air on the Cades Cove Nature Trail, and get an up close and personal view of the bountiful wildlife and wildflowers in the Smokies.

Take a step in the right direction today.

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Get Active

Get Active

Get moving and make Smoky Mountain memories.

If hiking’s not your thing, there are plenty of other great ways for you and your family to actively experience all there is to see at Cades Cove. Horseback riding and biking are both fun ways to get around, and packing a picnic makes it one enticing day trip. Burn calories, break bread, and make memories that your family will never forget. Get active in Cades Cove today.

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On the Way

On the Way

The road worth taking.

The drive from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove is short and sweet. Make it even sweeter by making a pit spot at some of Gatlinburg’s most beautiful gems. Swim, snack, and soak up the Smoky Mountain sun before cruising over to Cades Cove.

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