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Abrams Falls in Cades Cove

A True Smoky Mountain Experience You Don't Want To Miss.

For hundreds of years, Cades Cove was a small valley area where Cherokee Indians hunted. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that Cades Cove began to grow and expand with families and farmers who built churches, grist mills, cabins, and more.

Today, millions of visitors make their way to “the Cove” to take a step back into history along the 11-mile loop road. You can experience the historic structures of the area, view some of the Smokies’ most diverse wildlife, and go hiking on nearby Cades Cove hiking trails.

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Whether you’re looking for beautiful views of nature or you want to learn more about early settler life, there’s plenty to explore in Cades Cove on your next outdoor adventure.

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Experience Nature

Take in the breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys throughout Cades Cove. You may even get the chance to spot Smoky Mountain wildlife during your visit.

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Beautiful Hiking Trails

One of the best ways to experience nature is on foot via one of the hiking trails in Cades Cove. These hikes lead to great views of the mountain landscape and impressive waterfalls.

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Cabins Close By

Retreat to a cozy Smoky Mountain cabin after your day of adventure to continue enjoying the sights and sounds of nature from the comfort of your home away from home.

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Cades Cove: The Best Place To Explore The Smoky Mountains

When you’re looking for a true experience of the Smoky Mountains, it doesn’t get any better than Cades Cove.

Whether you want to take a relaxing walk through the grassy valley or you are excited to see the historic buildings and wildlife, Cades Cove will give you the full experience and first-hand view of what it would have been like to live in the Cove.

The Cades Cove Loop Road generally takes 3-4 hours to complete, but most visitors plan to spend a day at Cades Cove. Start the day by taking the self-guided auto tour, then stop for a picnic in a grassy area where you can observe the wildlife, and finish your day with a short hike or horseback ride through the Cove.

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Learn more about all the fun and exciting ways to enjoy Cades Cove, from a scenic drive along Cades Cove Loop Road, to hiking opportunities, to a journey back in time at the historical sites.

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