Cades Cove has been preserved by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to look much the way it looked in the 1800's. Once home to a small mountain community, Cades Cove is today the largest open-air museum in the entire park. There are original pioneer homesteads, a campground, a general store, bicycle rentals, horseback riding stables, barns, pasture and farmland -- a fitting tribute to the hearty people who lived here in the days of yesteryear. It offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the park.
Scenic mountain vistas, deer, bear, turkey, coyotes, horses, history, rushing mountain streams, hiking trails, the best campgrounds ... there's no place like it. Visitors can hike on over 800 miles of trail, explore numerous cultural heritage sites, take self-guided auto tours, or view the abundant wildlife of the park. Because of the popularity of the Park and the proximity to major urban areas, the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited National Park with over 9 million visitors every year.