The majority of visitors to Cades Cove drive the loop, making stops along the way to explore the old homesteads and buildings and to hike its trails that originate in the valley. Check with the visitor center for when the loop is closed to traffic and open for visitors to walk or ride a bicycle.
The Oliver family lived in Cades Cove Tennessee before Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established. The couple moved to Cades Cove in the 1820s and were the first permanent settlers.
Park your car and reserve time for a guided horseback ride through the park via the Cades Cove Riding Stables, the only authorized stables for the Park. If you would rather sit back and relax, horse-drawn carriage rides and hayride excursions are available too.
The Gregory cabin is the oldest and was home to Matilda Shields Gregory and her children. She married Henry Whitehead, who built the home for the family in 1898.
Take a break with a leisurely walk along this easy trail located on the back half of the Cades Cove Loop. The trail is lined with chestnut and dogwood trees.