Cades Cove

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.

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Latitude: 35.60665 Longitude: -83.774185 Elevation: 1945 ft

Hours Open

Sunrise to Sunset (in the summer and fall, Cades Cove opens at 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays to accomodate the use of Cades Cove by pedestrians and bicyclists).

Time Period Represented

Mid 1800s

Seasons Open

Year-round. Subject to weather related closures.

Visitor Fees


Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed in cars and alongside the road in Cades Cove. They are not permitted in the fields or inside any historic structures in Cades Cove.


A gorgeous place to visit for a day or an hour! Beautiful especially in spring blooming time (Mar-Apr)& fall color. Many trails & sites to see & a great welcome center at mill& old orchard sites.

d.a. Grooms, 12/8/2011

There is a brown boxer type dog white feet about half mile from the donation box before getting to the campground at end of loop at Cade’s cove. Believe it escaped from campground we tried to catch it but it was to scared called park ranger if its yours hope you find him safe

David Osborne, 4/6/2013

Just returned from visiting there. Lots of deer and turkeys this time. March is a good time to visit as the number of visitors is smaller.

Ken Gaddy, 4/1/2014

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