Cades Cove Attractions

cades cove beautiful stream

Cades Cove located in the Great Smoky Mountains and just minutes from the Highland Manor Hotel in Townsend, is a top destination for locals and travelers alike. Cades Cove attractions are popular for many reasons, beautiful mountain landscape, viewing of wildlife, biking, photography and so much more.

Black Bear, white-tailed deer, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk and coyote can be sen during your visit.

Cades Cove Loop

A one of a kind road, known as the loop, is an 11-mile, road that circles throughout the cove. Motorists can cruise through and view the wildlife, nature and mountains. Popular with tourists and locals, the loop is always a great place to encounter wildlife in their natural surrounding. traffic can get quite busy so allow a good amount of time for your visit. Cars pull over on the side of the road quite frequently while traveling through the loop. This allows passengers to get out and view wildlife and take pictures as well.

Cades Cove Attractions

Make sure to stop and check out the 18th and 19th century churches, mill, barns and log houses. These structures are apart of the history of the Cove. You can walk through and take pictures of these amazing structures.

Churches In Cades Cove

The Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove Loop
was introduced by John and Lucretia Oliver. They were two of the first to settle in the Cove in 1827. The Church was established so they would not have to travel so far for church.

Missionary Baptist Church

This Church was formed as a result of a split from the Cades Cove Baptist Church. Pastor John Adams and other congregation members established the Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church in 1841. As the church grew from 40 to more than 100 members a new church was built. The new church built in 1915 is the one that is often visited today.

Methodist Church

The church building which stands in Cades Cove Loop today, was built in 1902 by John D. McCampbell. The church was built at a cost of $115 and built in a little over 100 days.

Hiking In Cades Cove

The Cove is a popular destination for many reasons. The ability to hike so many great trails with breathtaking scenery is an experience like no other.
The best way to experience the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is to get out and walk it.

Abrams Falls

The 5.2 mile trail is on Cades Cove Loop Road and allows a walk through lovely forests. The 20-foot waterfall, named for Cherokee Chief, Abram, is worth the walk. Make sure to bring your camera and some good hiking shoes.

abrams falls in cades cove

Rich Mountain Loop

This hiking trail-head is located right at Cades Cove. The Trail head is about 25 feet ahead. very popular trail for those who wish to walk instead of drive. Approximately 8.5 miles and allows you to see everything by foot.

Rocky Top/Thunderhead

The Rocky Top hiking trail head is located at the picnic area and makes a great place to take a break. In addition a nice hike, you will love the amazing views on the trail. Views of beautiful mountainside, in addition to wildflowers, wildlife and more. Not an easy hike, so plan accordingly.

Biking In Cades Cove

One of the best ways to tour Cades Cove Loop is by bicycle. Hop on a bike and ride around with friends and family. The loop is closed to automobile traffic on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 am between May 8th and September 25th. Great exercise and a fantastic way to explore the cove.

biking views through cades cove mountain backdrop

Cades Cove Hotels

Planning a vacation and want to be close to all of the Cades Cove Attractions? Highland Manor Inn located in Townsend is just minutes for the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains. The hotel has amazing views and a great place to stay while you visit Cades Cove.

The outside of Highland Manor Inn in the Smoky Mountains.

Known as one of the best hotels to stay while you explore all of the Cades Cove Attractions. Family owned and operated The Highland Manor Inn is a great place to stay for your Smoky Mountains Vacation. Book a hotel room online or call to schedule your Smoky Mountain Vacation.