Cades Cove

Historic Site, Scenic Lookout, and Trail
  • Michael P. D.
    "bike around the 11 mile loop"(2 Tips)
    Aiden K.
    "other wildlife."(5 Tips)
    Lyndsey A.
    "Sightings today: turkey, deer, 4 black bears"(2 Tips)
    Philip C.
    "Come for the wild black bears, white tail deer, and elk."(4 Tips)
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  • scenic views
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  • Myesha J.
    Myesha JenkinsMay 1, 2016
    Saw a black bear and 2 turkeys! I loved the scenery. It was congested in spots because of the onlookers for the bear. If you bring your dog (we did) you can pull over and let them out on leash.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TompkinsDecember 26, 2015
    The scenery is beautiful. We saw many deer and turkey. We stopped and hiked some of the trails. So glad we did since you cannot see everything by simply driving through. Hope to bring our family back!
  • Valerie L.
    Valerie LeekAugust 20, 2014
    Beautiful scenery, and the path itself is moderate in difficulty. They close the path from motorists on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7am-11am, so only cyclists & walkers can pass through. It's great!
  • Grace C.
    Grace CraigNovember 27, 2015
    Get the app 'Cades Cove Driving Tour'. It guides you through the trail and gives you a history lesson on all of the sites. Since there is no service, the app does not require 3G connection or wifi.
  • Michael P. D.
    Michael P. DotsonApril 12, 2014
    Get here early on Saturday and you can bike around the 11 mile loop before they let cars in. Do not bike the loops after it's opened to cars. Out-of-towners are rude and it's dangerous.
  • Philip C.
    Philip CampbellJuly 15, 2015
    Come for the wild black bears, white tail deer, and elk. Stay for the beautiful Smoky Mountain views.
  • Suzanne H.
    Suzanne HinnantMarch 8, 2014
    Bring a camera & come in the late afternoon to get the best pics!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeJanuary 18, 2017
    Protected from the rest of the world , the folks in Cades cove were still using old methods of living well after most of the country had moved on.
  • Beau G.
    Beau GrantJuly 4, 2010
    Go early. Sunrise. It takes about an hour to drive from gatlinburg, unless you are Mario andretti. Fishintje abrams creek is worthwhile. Go with a buddy. The limestone upstream create very slippery wa
  • Sara S.
    Sara SidSeptember 11, 2014
    Scenic and beautiful, but not a sign of any wildlife here. No bears, deer, or birds in sight. Maybe they were hiding? The loop drive is nice, but only one lane, so it can drag esp.if cars are slow.
  • Sabrena C.
    Sabrena CarsonJuly 22, 2013
    Beautiful scenery....could spend hours here walking the different trails. Saw a lot of wildlife.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PetersNovember 9, 2011
    Park rangers are fine, mind your manners and be respectful of where you are. This place is absolutely beautiful.
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BingFebruary 15, 2013
    Amazing place. The wildlife is beautiful. The cabins and churches that still stand are humbling.
  • A S.
    A SJune 15, 2016
    Worth the drive, however, it can get slow at times, and there is no way to turn around midway.
  • Grace C.
    Grace CraigNovember 27, 2015
    go early in the morning, so you don't get caught in traffic.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LordJune 4, 2015
    Plan for traffic. It's only an 11 mile loop. But if there's a lot of people visiting, it can take a couple hours to complete the loop.
  • Chad K.
    Chad KaneraSeptember 19, 2014
    Opens from sunrise to sunset. Closed during Winter.
  • Brad F.
    Brad FMay 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the Most Beautiful Places in All of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Chad K.
    Chad KaneraSeptember 19, 2014
    Arrive at 5pm. Best time for bucks and black bear sightings.
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 12, 2011
    Have your camera ready, you are sure to see lots of bear & deer & other wildlife.
  • P.J. B.
    Only come here to look at scenery; I saw just a deer. Once you enter, you cannot turn back, and getting stuck behind a slow poke is common.
  • Frankie "Sarge" V.
    Frankie "Sarge" VernonDecember 16, 2013
    You have got to go here! It is the best!
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 24, 2013
    Such an awesome place. You will always see deer here.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SurdykSeptember 23, 2016
    Saw bears and deer and great views of the mountains
  • Michael P. D.
    Michael P. DotsonApril 12, 2014
    There is no cell phone reception in cades cove, so plan accordingly.
  • Highlands Condos
    Highlands CondosJune 29, 2012
    One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth.
  • Jayden B.
    Jayden BarrettOctober 16, 2011
    the park rangers are awful. great beautiful campsite. can potentially be ruined by over pompous rangers
  • Jishushika W.
    Jishushika WhiteDecember 21, 2013
    Close dear and turkey sightings!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BarnettJuly 6, 2010
    Awesome natural wonder and great place for a bike ride (Wed and Sat mornings)
  • Lyndsey A.
    Lyndsey AaronApril 6, 2012
    Sightings today: turkey, deer, 4 black bears
  • Zane L.
    Zane LaneyJuly 27, 2013
    The most beautiful place on earth!
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 12, 2011
    So much wildlife to see here
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HugginsOctober 22, 2011
    Sightings today- turkey, deer and wolf.
  • Dillon H.
    Dillon HeathOctober 15, 2011
    Traffic Terrible. bring lunch
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HugginsOctober 22, 2011
    No service !!!!!
  • Dillon H.
    Dillon HeathOctober 15, 2011
    Traffic Terrible. Bring aunch
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