Experiencing Days Gone By in Cades Cove, Tennessee
A leisurely 11-mile scenic drive through Cades Cove takes you back nearly 200 years to a time when early settlers lived and died by the land they called home. Restored 19th and 20th-century homes, churches, schools, and a working grist mill depict the experience of the early days when this was bustling community of over 270 residents. Sitting in hard, time-worn wooden pews and reading tombstones of century-old graveyards tells the story of life in the mountains. Walking, biking, and horseback riding are permitted in the area and greatly increase your chance of seeing bear, deer, elk, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other residents who still call Cades Cove home.