Cades Cove This Weekend

Cades Cove This Weekend

4 Ways to Experience Cades Cove This Weekend

What to Do at Cades Cove TN

If you vacation in the Smokies, you’ve heard of Cades Cove. And if you’ve heard of Cades Cove but not yet visited, you’re missing out! Cades Cove TN is worth the 27-mile drive from Gatlinburg and a must-visit destination in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Because there are so many things to see and do there, we suggest you plan to make multiple visits and experience the cove in four unique ways.

Driving
Cades Cove is open year round so no matter the season, you can take a driving tour along its 11-mile loop. You’ll have excellent opportunities to view wildlife, historic cabins, primitive churches and a cable mill. Be kind to everyone else enjoying the loop and use the pull offs for lingering and taking photos. Prefer to have someone else drive you? Consider a Cades Cove Heritage Tour and ride in the comfort of a tour van with a knowledgeable guide.

Bicycling & Walking
Did you know Cades Cove loop is closed to cars two days per week? Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings Memorial Day through Labor Day, the loop is closed to motorists from 7-10 a.m. Bring your own bikes or rent them at the Cades Cove Bike Shop beginning at 6:30 a.m. They have bikes available for all ages and helmets are included with the rental for ages 16 and under. Ride the entire 11-mile loop, or choose a shorter distance using the 3.5-mile Sparks Lane route, or the 8.8-mile Hyatt Lane route.

Hiking
Cades Cove is a great place to hit the trails. Experienced and novice hikers alike can find a trail perfectly suited for a roundtrip, vigorous workout or a leisure hike. Trails include:
Lynn Camp Prong Cascades: 1.6 miles
Laurel Falls: 2.6 miles
Abrams Falls: 5.2 miles
Rich Mountain Loop: 8.5 miles
Gregory Bald: 8.8 miles
Spence Field: 10.3 miles

Horseback Riding
Cades Cove Riding Stables offers guided horseback rides, hay rides and carriage rides, giving you yet more ways to submerge yourself in the Smokies and experience the cove. The stables are open early March through November from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Approximate trip times are:
Horseback Ride: 1 hour
Carriage Ride: 30-45 minutes
Hayrides: 1.5-3 hours, depending on Loop traffic

Take your camera and plan to relax and enjoy one of the best parts of the National Park sitting on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

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