The Cades Cove near Nashville, TN is a popular national park located in the Smoky Mountains. The park is filled with wild animals as well as cabins and structures from the early pioneers. The park is filled with hiking and horseback trails, campgrounds, and streams filled with trout.
Walk or ride along the Cades Cove Loop Road to view the farms of the early pioneers. Rent a bike and ride the trails and watch the deer and wildlife. Take beautiful pictures of the fields filled with wild flowers. Spend time fishing in the streams or hiking the trails. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch or make plans to spend the night at the campgrounds.
Cades Cove was originally called “Kate’s Cove” who was a wife of an Indian chef from the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokees visited this area often because of the abundant wildlife which made for good hunting. The same abundant wildlife brought the European frontiersmen to the area. These families farmed and made this place their home for many generations before it was turned into the park that it is today.
Take the family on a trip to the past. Enjoy being in one of the only open air museums in the Smoky Mountain range. This is a chance to see a variety of wildlife up close in their own natural habitat.