Cades Cove is a true Smoky Mountain experience you don't want to miss. For hundreds of years, Cades Cove was a small valley area where Cherokee Indians hunted. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that Cades Cove began to grow and expand with families and farmers who built churches, grist mills, cabins and more. Today, millions of visitors make their way to “the Cove” to take a step back into history along the 11-mile loop road to experience the historic structures of the area, view some of the Smokies’ most diverse wildlife and to go hiking on nearby Cades Cove hiking trails. Let us share our love of Cades Cove with you!