Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the fall and you will see incredible autumn color in its mountains and fields. While you’re in the Park, be sure to look for the side road to Cades Cove as well.
Cades Cove is a special part of early-1800s Americana, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you couple its rustic homesteads and well-preserved churches with the beautiful mountain views the early settlers also enjoyed, it’s probably the most popular destination in the entire park.
Here’s our Cades Cove photo essay, our story-in-photos of this unique place, its autumn color display, abundant wildlife and few visitors. Winding through the cove as the sun sets on a day and a season, nature explodes in the full array of colors while a few visitors share the views with deer and turkeys.
How to get to Cade’s Cove
Cades Cove is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Enter the park from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, via Highway 441. The Cades Cove turnoff is well marked. Watch for the Visitor Center.
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