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Cades Cove

Historic Site or Trail
Cable Grist Mill is open to the public – ehrlif

Cades Cove is the most popular historic district in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At its peak in the mid 1800s, this beautiful mountain valley was home to 700 individuals and included family farms, general stores, grist mills and churches. Several of these home sites, churches and a working grist mill are still standing in Cades Cove today.

Because this area has been maintained as a historic district, the fields in Cades Cove are open and pastoral, rather than left to grow up with trees. This makes Cades Cove one of the best places for wildlife viewing.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed in cars and alongside the road in Cades Cove. They are not permitted in the fields or inside any historic structures in Cades Cove.

Time Period Represented

Mid 1800s


Sunrise to Sunset (in the summer and fall, Cades Cove opens at 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays to accomodate the use of Cades Cove by pedestrians and bicyclists).

Seasons Open

Year-round. Subject to weather related closures.


Visitor Fees


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