Welcome to Cades Cove!

Whatever it is you come to do, we hope that you enjoy your time and visit us often

Camping

The National Park Service operates all the campgrounds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information on camping or to make reservations, see the NPS website!

The Park offers several different types of campsites! Backcountry, Frontcountry and Group Campgrounds to name a few!

Camping essentials are available in the Cades Cove Camp Store. The Store also offers bike rentals, gifts and souvenirs, grab and go food, ice cream cones, 10# bags of ice, and firewood.

*If you’re camping, DO NOT bring firewood from out of state. The National Park Service is changing firewood regulations to protect the forests of Great Smoky Mountains.

Biking

Don’t have a bike of your own? Rent one of ours. We have bikes for all ages! We have a wide selection of Fuji cruiser bikes for adults and children.

Now taking reservations by phone for bike rentals on Wednesdays. We will reserve up to 10 groups. Must be here by 7am. Payment required for reservations. No refunds. No same week reservations. 48 hours or more cancellation notice.

Our Bike Rentals are first-come, first-served so, make sure you are here early!

Biking the loop early (before Memorial Day) or late in the season (after Labor Day) can offer you a chance to see Cades Cove with fewer visitors.

Kids

Cades Cove has many activities for kids! Our most popular activity is the Cades Cove Critter Crawl!

The Cades Cove Critter Crawl is a printable game that encourages kids to realize the responsibilities of keeping the animals of Cades Cove healthy and protected.

Points of Interest

The Cades Cove loop is home to historic structures including:

  • John Oliver Cabin
  • Primitive Baptist Church
  • Methodist Church
  • Missionary Baptist Church
  • Elijah Oliver Place
  • Cable Mill (and visitor center)
  • Henry Whitehead Place
  • Dan Lawson Place
  • Tipton Place
  • Carter Shields Cabin

During your visit please be conscientious of park rules and guidelines. Stay on marked pathways and trails, share the road and do not feed the wildlife. The signage posted throughout the park will help guide you.

Also, the Great Smokey Mountains Institute of Tremont runs programs all year long on everything from Discovery camps, photography, survival skills and more. Check out their program schedule for more information.

Program Schedule
Cades Cove Scenic Loop Map. The map holds points of interests and paths to take for walking, biking and running.