Cades Cove Sightseeing Bus Tour from Pigeon Forge
Take a trip into historic Cade's Cove. Once known as Cates Cove, named after the wife of a Cherokee Chief who had taken a Christian name after converting to Christianity. Chief Abram also adopted a Christian name and now has a waterfall in Cades Cove named after him. Learn this and more on a 5 hour bus tour of the famous Cades Cove. If this area of the Great Smoky Mountains was its own national park it would be the 2nd most visited park in the United Sates.
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- Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Stop At: Cades Cove Loop Rd., Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738-4102
Cade's Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are possible but never guaranteed. On this amazing and breathtaking tour you will learn a lot about this once thriving community and its people. Learn its history straight from the horses mouth with video commentary from those who lived here and/or their descendants.
You will be guided by an East Tennessee local who is very knowledgeable about the mountains of East Tennessee. Your guide not only welcomes questions, he/she suggests it. The more you ask the better your experience will be. Come join us on a bus ride though the amazing and wonderful Cade's Cove. This tour begins at the Shops of Pigeon Forge. From here we head through scenic Wears Valley and Townsend. Once we arrive at the start of the loop you will be offered a chance for a restroom break. Once the loop begins get your camera ready because wildlife can be around any corner. If you spot it let your guide know and he/she will attempt to pull over to get good photos when possible.
The valley has a rich history. For hundreds of years Cherokee Indians hunted in Cade's Cove but archaeologists have found no evidence of major settlements. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime around 1818. By 1830 the population of the area had already swelled to 271. Cade's Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. Pick up the booklet available at the entrance to the loop road for information about the buildings you'll see in the cove and the people who lived here. We often try to make stops at some of the more popular buildings but this will be based on parking availability at the time. This area has lots of photo opportunities and exploration inside some very old and historic structures including one of the last working grist mills. After a 45 minute break at the half way point we continue our journey around the loop until we reach the end where you are offered another restroom break before we head back to Pigeon Forge to end the tour.
Pass By: Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, 2865 Pigeon Forge Parkway Three Bears General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
We leave from the Shops of Pigeon Forge and go directly into Cades Cove then return back to the same starting location.
Pass By: Wears Valley Village, 3239 Wears Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862-2209
Head into Wears Valley
Pass By: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-4102
Cade's Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including the address and parking information if applicable - will be included in your final confirmation email.
- Duration: 4 to 5 hours (Approx.)
- Departure Time: 9:00 AM
- Return Details: Returns to original departure point
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Live commentary on board
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Average 4.80 out of 5 stars based on 10 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor
Our tour guide was Matt. He was outstanding. He was witty as well as knowledgeable. We learned all about the history of Cade's Cove and surrounding area. Highly recommended this tour.
Great tour. Matt is a great guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He grew up in the area so knew a lot of history. Very patient with our group of 12!
This was a wonderful tour! Pam was a wonderful tour guide, showing us the wonderful sights of Cade's Cove, and engaging us with stories of the history and culture of the area. Despite a good deal of rain, it didn't detract from the sights or enjoyment. We were delighted that even though we and our friends one couple were the only people on the tour, they did not cancel, and we were never rushed. As a bonus, we saw bears in four!!! different spots, including a mother and 2 cubs that were pretty close to the road. Don't miss this tour.