4 Things to Know About Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains

4 Things to Know About Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains

If you’ve been to Cades Cove before, you’ve probably seen the unofficial mascot of the Smokies: the black bear. There are about 1,500 black bears in the Smoky Mountains. They prefer to live in mountainous terrain where they can be away from people. We want to share some things you may not know about this beautiful animal. Check out these 4 things to know about black bears in the Smoky Mountains:…

Top 5 Reasons to Stay at the Cades Cove Campground

Top 5 Reasons to Stay at the Cades Cove Campground

Cades Cove is home to a variety of gorgeous sights and activities. If you can’t fit all of the exciting things you wanted to do there into one day, you can always stay the night at the campground, and continue having fun the next day. To help you understand the benefits of selecting it for your next getaway, here are 5 reasons to stay at the Cades Cove Campground….

Is Cades Cove Worth Driving To?

Is Cades Cove Worth Driving To?

With so many beautiful places to explore in the Smokies, you might be having trouble deciding which one to visit first. Cades Cove has always been a favorite spot among locals and visitors alike. In fact, it’s actually one of the most popular destinations in the national park! At this point, you might be asking yourself if this attraction is actually worth the drive, especially if you’re a little farther away. The short answer to this question is ABSOLUTELY, and here are 5 reasons why!…

What NOT to Do When You Visit Cades Cove

What NOT to Do When You Visit Cades Cove

Cades Cove is one of the most-visited destinations in the national park, and it’s no wonder why! From picnicking to wildlife viewing and so much in between, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few things to avoid doing to ensure that you have a successful trip to Cades Cove….

5 Surprising Facts About the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove

5 Surprising Facts About the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove

Cades Cove is rich in both history and beauty with numerous buildings that date back years before the national park was even founded. One of the most visited sites in Cades Cove is the John Oliver Cabin, one of the oldest man-made structures in the park. Want to learn more? Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the John Oliver Cabin….

John P. Cable Mill in Cades Cove Gets New Water Wheel [Video Included]

John P. Cable Mill in Cades Cove Gets New Water Wheel [Video Included]

One of the most iconic landmarks in the Smoky Mountains is getting a tune-up! This September, the John P. Cable Mill in Cades Cove will have its water wheel replaced for the first time in 18 years. Swapping out the historic gristmill’s water wheel is no easy task because a new wheel had to be built completely from scratch. Local reporter Jim Matheny recently visited Cades Cove to profile the construction of the new water wheel in a piece for WBIR News:…

What are the Best Times to Visit Cades Cove

What are the Best Times to Visit Cades Cove

No matter the time of year that you visit, Cades Cove is always beautiful and each trip is unique! But even Cades Cove has times throughout the year that it becomes very busy! Learn the best times to visit Cades Cove if you want to avoid traffic, want to see wildlife, or take some stunning photos of the area!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Asks Visitors to Adopt Black Bear Cubs

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Asks Visitors to Adopt Black Bear Cubs

Beginning this spring, visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have the chance to adopt black bear cubs as pets. The unprecedented new policy is part of the park’s effort to cut down on the number of abandoned bear cubs in Cades Cove. The National Park Service made the official announcement in a press release this morning. We have summarized the park’s new adoption initiative below….

Fun Facts About the Cades Cove Wildlife You’re Likely to See on a Visit

Fun Facts About the Cades Cove Wildlife You’re Likely to See on a Visit

Cades Cove is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s full of Appalachian history, beautiful and serene sites, and lots of native wildlife. When you visit you are likely to see everything from cardinals, turkeys, and deer, to black bears. We’ve decided to share some cool facts about some of our most famous and precious Cades Cove wildlife.