Vacationing in one of our cabin rentals in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area was a smart decision, but to make your trip worthwhile, it is an absolute must to take a short and scenic drive to pay a visit to Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a beautiful valley that sits beneath the unsurpassable backdrop of the Smoky Mountains and with some of the most prime wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire national park, sightings of wildlife native to the Smokeys are almost guaranteed!
This valley is fantastically unique because of the astonishing amount of history packed into its land. In fact, for over 100 years Cherokee Indians utilized Cades Cove as some of the best hunting land in Eastern Tennessee up until the first Europeans settled in the cove by 1830. Fortunately for tourists, the Cove offers a variety of ways to explore and learn about its magnificent past.
Cades Cove Riding Stables:
The Cades Cove Riding Stables are conveniently located in the heart of the valley and provides visitors with guided trail, carriage, and hayrides! The stables welcome people of all ages to create an adventure that they’ll never forget by partaking in an alternative way of soaking in the scenery. To learn more about rates, hours, making reservations, or all that the Cades Cove Riding Stables have to offer, visit their website today!
Within Cades Cove is a one-way road, 11 miles long, that winds through the breathtaking scenery. If the adventure of anything horse-related isn’t for you, motorists are welcome to tour the cove at their own pace, but traffic can sometimes be heavy so walking or bicycling down the loop is another popular option. Along this road are many of the historic sites that can be found in Cades Cove.
1. The John Oliver Cabin belonged to the first permanent European settlers, John Oliver and his wife Lucretia Frazier. The Olivers were persuaded to settle in the cove in 1818 and struggled through their first winter, but got by with a lot of help from the Cherokees. Their cabin still stands today and is visited by millions of tourists annually.
2. Religion in Cades Cove was ever present and can be seen throughout the three churches, sanctuaries, and graveyards withinthe cove. There were three different congregations that occupied the land, the Primitive Baptists who made up the largest population and political figures in the community, the Methodists, and the Missionary Baptist Church- consisting of far less people. These cozy little churches will give you a glimpse into the religious settings of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
3. The Elijah Oliver Place was built in 1866 and is conveniently located along a trail for the accessibility of tourists. Elijah Oliver was the son of John and Lucretia Oliver (the first settlers) and had his first farm destroyed by confederates during the Civil War. Fortunately, he built this new homestead equipped with a chicken coop, crude stable, corn crib, and dog-trot cabin!
4. The John Cable Grist Mill was built in 1868 by John P. Cable who wasworking to create diversions along Forge and Mill Creek to get enough water power for the mill’s wheel. The Gristmill wheel at Cades Crove is still in action today!
5. The Tipton Place was established in the 1880s by the descendants of William Tipton, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. In addition to the cabin, this historical homestead gives visitors a look at a smokehouse, carriage house, woodshed, and a double-cantilever barn.
The list of other sites to see while visiting here goes on and on, but by merely glancing at the descriptions of some of the sites listed above, it is evident that there is a lot to see, do, and learn in Cades Cove. The Cove has more than 2.5 million visitors every year, making it the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most popular destination. Next time you’re planning a vacation, do yourself the favor and book one of the many jaw-dropping cabin rentals that Cabins For You has to offer in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. While you’re here, check out one of the most beautiful, popular and historic destinations in the Park by visiting Cades Cove!