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3 Great Things to Do in Cades Cove This Spring

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March 29, 2024

With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to get more fresh air. Coming to Cades Cove is a great way to do so. Let us tell you a little bit more about the area and help plan your next visit! Here is a list of 3 great things to do in Cades Cove this spring:

1. Hiking & Scenic Drives

Hiking is one great way to explore All the natural scenery in Cades Cove. The area has many great trails to choose from. One of them is the Abrams Falls Trail. During the 5.2-mile route, hikers walk though beautiful forests to Abrams Falls itself. This is a stunning 20-foot waterfall. You may have the opportunity to see a river otter around here. They are rare animals in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another great hiking trail is Gregory Bald. The highlight of this 8.8-mile route is the blooming azaleas that appear in mid to late June. Both options are moderate in difficulty. If you’re looking for a beginner hike, check out the Cades Cove Nature Trail. The route is 2 miles long and runs in a circle. In addition to hiking, you can also see everything by going for a scenic drive. Cades Cove Loop Road is an 11-mile loop with many stunning sights!

2. Horseback Riding

Horse grazing before Cades Cove horseback riding.Another one of the fun things to do in Cades Cove this spring is horseback riding. Visitors love exploring the area the old-fashioned way! The Cades Cove riding stables open for the season in mid-March. If you’ve never been horseback riding before, don’t worry. Before the ride, you will learn all the basics. Additionally, the horses have a calm temperament and willingness to please. You also won’t have to worry about getting lost because a tour guide will show you the way. They are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions about the area. Other activities at Cades Cove Riding Stables include horse-drawn carriage and hay rides. Whatever you choose to do, it is sure to be a fun time.

3. Camping

If you want to spend more than a few hours in Cades Cove, you should plan a camping trip and spend the night in the fresh mountain air. The Cades Cove campground is located steps away from Cades Cove Loop Road. It is a frontcountry campground. This means that visitors camp close to their vehicles. You can bring an RV or stay in a tent. Traveling with a four-legged friend? He can join in on the fun too. The campground is pet-friendly. Be sure that Fido stays on a short leash (no more than 6 feet) to ensure their safety and that of other visitors. All campers will have access to restrooms and cold drinking water. The campground also has a camp store that offers bike rentals and sells delicious hamburgers, ice cream cones, and beverages. If you bring your own food, take advantage of the firepits and roast delicious hotdogs and marshmallows. Enjoy your meal at one of the picnic tables!

Now you know all about things to do in Cades Cove this spring. For more information, check out our other list of 4 tips to help you enjoy Cades Cove activities in the spring!

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