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Cades Cove Visitor Center

1 Cades Cove Loop Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37882
+1 865-436-7318
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Has lots of interesting publications and rangers to answer questions and of course restroom... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Susan C
Lecanto, Florida

We drove the cades cove loop, It was a lovely day. Stopped at the gift shop, it was nice but did... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
charlotte, nc
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Inside the national park. Seasonal ranger-led programs. Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures. Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.
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1 Cades Cove Loop Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37882
+1 865-436-7318

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

Has lots of interesting publications and rangers to answer questions and of course restroom facilities

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We drove the cades cove loop, It was a lovely day. Stopped at the gift shop, it was nice but did not have the grits we wanted (was going to get some for my mother on Mothers day). there were some turkey's out and heard...More

Thank stegeddy
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We saw a black bear! My first. It was awesome. The SMNP staff were very knowledgeable, kind and helpful!

Thank Lorri R
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This is a great st for those that want information and advice about the Loop drive. There is information about the wildlife you may see and the preserved buildings. Well worth a stop.

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Want to know what to expect? Need to get questions answered? This is a great place to read and learn about Cades Cove, stop for souvenirs as well as see what wildlife you can expect to encounter.

Thank Rebecca R
Reviewed 13 April 2017

There are booklets for only $1 to guide you on your drive of the loop road. It was very nice to learn a bit about the area before it became a park. Each visitor center had unique exhibits to see, and it was worth stopping...More

Thank Ann G
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Cades Cove is a gorgeous natural setting. The visitor center and restrooms were nice. The historic buildings consisted of a main house, a mill, an outbuilding used for blacksmithing, and other buildings without any interpretation. Inside the main house there was a sign announcing the...More

Thank smilingcat2016
Reviewed 3 April 2017

There are restrooms here which is reason enough to stop on your way around the loop. The parking lot can get really crowded especially after a bear jam, although there were plenty of spaces this time. The mill and historic buildings are not accessible. Ask...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This is a nice oasis stop while driving the Cades Cove Loop. Snacks, drinks, trinkets, restrooms. Plenty of parking.

Thank Bob19512014
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I love visiting Cades Cove. If it wasn't for other visitors being inconsiderate, it would be enjoyable. Our last visit was downright torture. It took us 4 hours to get through because traffic was so backed up. We didn't expect it to take that long,...More

1  Thank RachelSpahr
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We have a pickup truck & trailer, are there places big enough to park this combo at the entrance to the cove?
13 November 2016|
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Response from Randpx2 | Reviewed this property |
yes there is a lot of parking space
Hi! My friend, Sherry and I are headed out from Hinesville, Georgia to visit cades cove. We are both 54 years old and was wondering what the shortest hike to a waterfall is? Also, what is there to do for these two old hens lol
3 October 2016|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
Marie, there are no waterfalls in Cades Cove. It is the watershed area for Abrams Creek and it is a medium level difficulty hike to get back to Abrams Falls. It is the equivalent of 14 flights of stairs, each way. You have... More
If we bring our own bikes is there parking at the front of the loop?
5 August 2015|
Response from Tullia2 |
Yes. There is parking available at the front of the loop. Maybe about 20 spaces.