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At this time the majority of photographs were taken by myself. Photo credit will be given to other contributors throughout this site. I welcome anyone to send photographs of Cades Cove in the Smokies. Email:

Cades Cove nestles in a beautiful valley. Open fields lap against 5,500-foot mountain peaks. With more than 2.5 million visitors annually, it is the Park's most popular destination. Most people come to these 5,000 open acres to observe the wildlife. In addition to the wide variety of wildlife, several historic buildings date to the nineteenth century, including a working grist mill, barns, three churches, pioneer log cabins, and frame houses.

An 11 mile loop road accesses the cove. The one-way, paved road is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. On Wednesdays and Saturdays from early May to late September the road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00a.m. This allows a safe, quiet experience for bicyclists and pedestrians. On December's Saturdays, the loop road closes to cars until noon. Hayrides, available most of the year, serve as public transportation. Bicyclists and walkers can also use the road.

Information supplied in-part from Booklets by the National Park Service

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