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Cades Cove Campground

10042 Campground Dr, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee TN USA

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“discover the rich history of this verdant valley”

Cades Cove combines the feel of primitive camping with the modern convenience of flush toilets and drinking water. A camp store provides visitors with basic necessities and bike rentals. Events like interpretive programs in the nearby amphitheater and bicycle-only days on the Cades Cove Loop Road provide visitors with a fun and unique experience.

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36 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.4 Access
4.9 Location
4.3 Cleanliness
4.3 Site Quality
4.3 Noise

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Reviewed by
jcard725

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 10, 2015
Rated 4.0

I also enjoyed Cades Cove. There are some great scenic views available where you can pull over to take pictures... I, however wasn't particularly interested in getting out at all of the settlement stops. There's old chuches and dwellings which you can see from the road, and that was fine for me. I went early April and if you go early in the morning around 9 or 10 you won't hit traffic, however around 12 you will see an increase. Must do Abrams Falls

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lv1

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 21, 2014
Rated 4.0

Very beautiful.. But as others have said, busy even if it's not a weekend during fall season. Expect to take your time even if you weren't planning on making somewhat of a day of it. Bring a camera, lots of great pics if you have some patients to get the shot in high traffic areas

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nate

  • 72 Reviews
  • 35 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

We really enjoyed the drive through Cades Cove. Absolutely beautiful, lots of places to stop and observe both nature and settlements (churches, cabins).

But it could really use two lanes. One slow driver on the 1 lane loop means you could add hours on to your trip. And from what I hear, it's pretty much always busy.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tiffany.cody.31

  • 26 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
May 28, 2014
Rated 4.0

I went in March while the weather was still slightly chilly and there was heavy traffic when I went as well. Expect to spend most of the day there. Still, I had a wonderful time though. The place is absolutely beautiful and full of history. Lots of trails for hiking, biking, etc. Seen plenty of wildlife as well (although I was a little disappointed I didn't get to see a bear). Perfect place for a nature/history lover.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
blakeirwin

  • 3 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 06, 2014
Rated

It's a wonderful place. Visited in early march so traffic was low but in summer it is a busy place I'd imagine, because it is beautiful and well worth the drive. Hiked to both Abrams and Laurel falls, Laurel was 45 mins round trip (paved so strollers are common) Abrams falls took about 2 hours round trip and less crowded.

2 people found this review helpful
  • 11 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
September 08, 2014
Rated

Step back in time, and ready yourself for a beautiful drive and historic information.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
richardharvey

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
February 25, 2014
Rated

Very heavy traffic, so take your time. Worth the visit of you love God's creation.

1 person found this review helpful
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Campendium

August 12, 2015
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Cades Cove can get crowded in the summer, but this is one of the best places to see wildlife in the east. We saw half a dozen black bears and cubs, elk, deer and more.

There are no showers nor hookups here, but the facilities are well kept, the staff friendly and helpful and there is lots to see and do in the area. One of our favorites is tubing. Head towards Townsend and for not much money you can rent a tube and get free shuttles all day long to tube down the river.

No cell service.

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Nightly Rate: $20.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 20, 2018
Rated

We arrived at Cades cove on Sunday afternoon, May 7. The gate house was closed but we were able to find a site and self register.
There are no hook ups. There is water at the dump station.
Most of the sites have been recently repaved with concrete and are nearly level. Some of the sites are short and would be tight for larger rigs. All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.
The B loop of the campground was about half full. The C loop was nearly empty. Probably due to generator restrictions.
Reservations are not accepted until 5 15.
The road to Cades cove is narrow and winding. Be patient.

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Nightly Rate: $11.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: C 59

3 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Campendium

September 13, 2018
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This was our first camping trip with our new camper. We stayed in early April. It was not very packed we will do it again for sure.

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Nightly Rate: $6.00

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Site Number: 80

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Cades Cove Campground

10042 Campground Dr
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tennessee
TN USA
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