Cades Cove is the most popular historic district in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At its peak in the mid 1800s, this beautiful mountain valley was home to 700 individuals and included family farms, general stores, grist mills and churches. Several of these home sites, churches and a working grist mill are still standing in Cades Cove today.
Because this area has been maintained as a historic district, the fields in Cades Cove are open and pastoral, rather than left to grow up with trees. This makes Cades Cove one of the best places for wildlife viewing.