Tennessee MUST See

Sep 04, 2013


Cades Cove a MUST SEE

What to do in the Smokies is a popular question with our patrons at Heartland Cabin Rentals. Cades Cove is definately in our top 10 things that you have got to see.


Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of its visitors, and passing up the opportunity to visit the historical Cades Cove is almost considered a crime by the residents Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Located nearly 25 miles to the west of the city, “Kate’s Cove”, as it was originally named, is a popular destination because it offers both breathtaking beauty and informative insights into the history of mountain life in the early pioneering days of this region.

Cades Cove boasts an 11-mile looping road who travelers often feel as if they’re going back in time,  where its early settlers survived only by their own sheer will and survival instincts.  You can hike the trail or travel by car or bike, viewing many of the original cabins and dwellings still standing today even though they were built over 100 years ago in the late 19th century.  Visitors will view the original homes of early settlers such as John Cable and Eliza Oliver while taking in the scenery and waterfalls along the way.

On this 11-mile journey through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, children will enjoy visiting old time blacksmith shops and corn mills, learning about the difficult mountain lifestyle of the early settlers.  In between visiting these wonderful sites, visitors will be surprised to witness deer frolicking in the rolling green pastures and cattle grazing along the foothills of the Smoky Mountain range.

Midway through the Cades Cove journey, you’ll find the entrance to Abrams Falls.  Turning into this trailhead, you can hike a short 2.5 miles to the banks of Abrams Creek.  From picnicking to camping, this impressive mountain location is on our MUST SEE IN TENNESSEE attraction list.




Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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