Cades Cove Bus Tour in Pigeon Forge, TN

Tennessee Mountain Tours153 East Wears Valley Rd Suite 10Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Embark on a guided bus tour of Cades Cove, a true Smoky Mountains treasure. As one of the most popular spots in the National Park, Cades Cove offers guests prime wildlife viewing along with historical anecdotes. Throughout your 4-5 hour bus tour, your guide will tell you all about the history of Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 4-5 hours long.
  • The tour begins at the Shops of Pigeon Forge.
  • Your tour guide is a Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg native.
  • Guests receive bottled water throughout the tour.
  • Bring a camera and take advantage of the multiple photo opportunities along the way.


from Cades Cove Bus Tour
Take a trip into historic Cades Cove, offering some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations 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 a real 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 Cades Cove.

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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

4 Reviews
Thomas Varnum
1 Review
"A wonderful Experience"
October 2019
Our tour of Cades Cove was truly a wonderful experience. The high light of the tour was our host, Matt. He was very entertaining and very knowledgeable. I would recommend the tour to anyone, especially with Matt as the tour guide.
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Joyce Clifton
Clinton , NC
1 Review
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April 2019
Due to weather and lack of bookings on this tour Jessica called me the day before and told me the tour was canceled. I guess she heard the disappointment in my voice because she called me back later and said she did not want us to be disappointed and the tour was back on. To make a long story short Jessica was most gracious and Pam was a delight as far as tour guide. We left her feeling as if we had known her forever. We had a wonderful time and even though there were no bear sightings the scenery was gorgeous and weather was perfect. Beautiful time of year to visit with new life blooming everywhere. Great trip and good memories. Thank you Jessica and Pam!!
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Carol Poe
Pana, IL
1 Review
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"Fantastic Tour"
October 2018
We had a gathering of 9 women from the class of 1965. Our tour guide was very good and FUN! She tried very hard to find us a bear!!!
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Tip: Wear tennis shoes if you want to get off of the bus.

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Paula Chin
1 Review
"Wonderful time"
May 2018
We want to thank our driver and guide, Pam and Steve for a wonderful time and tour. Our group had a terrific experience where we saw many black bear sightings. The most significant sighting was a mother bear and her cub lying in a tree branch hanging over the road. We got terrific photos. Thank you Steve and Pam for an exceptional trip.
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Chandler, Arizona
"Excellent, informative and fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2019
We took the Sights of the Smokies all day tour. Matt was our guide, and he was knowledgeable, pleasant, charming and polite. The scenery was wonderful, the stops were great, the food at Elvira's was wonderful. We highly recommend this tour!
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mike g
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
"The Smokey Mountain's."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 08, 2019
Enjoyed the day with Matt.Very down to earth guy,funny and full of great stories. Matt drove us all around Pegion Forge & Gatlinburg.Also up into the Smokey Mountains and seen some spectacular country .
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Alijah K
"Matt rocks!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 07, 2019
We did a private tour yesterday and really enjoyed it! Our driver, Matt, was great. He was knowledgeable of the area and also a great driver. Our whole party of 10 is looking forward to booking another tour in the future!
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Greensboro, North Carolina
"Great Time and didn't have to worry about driving!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 27, 2019
We did the Wine n' Shine tour. There were 8 total on the tour and by the 3rd stop everyone were BFF's! LOL! We visited 4 wineries and 4 moonshine distilleries. Our driver Pam was great. Super sweet! We would and will do it again next time we're in town!
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Windsor, Canada
"Awesome Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018
Tour was great! Pam was our driver and she was awesome. Highly suggest this tour. We visited 4 distillerie's and 3 winery's. The tour is about 5 hours and you try lots of shine. Well worth the price
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cades Cove Bus Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 4-5 hours from about 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

What will I see on the tour?
The tour takes you through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you have the chance to see an abundance of wildlife including black bears, white-tailed deer, and turkey. Guests also see historic buildings such as churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and more.

Can I ask my tour guide questions along the way?
Absolutely. Guests are encouraged to ask questions throughout the tour.

Where does the tour begin?
Tours meet and depart from the parking lot at Shops of Pigeon Forge, 135 E Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge. Be sure to look for the white bus with the Tennessee Mountain Tours logo on it.

What should I bring?
Guests should bring a camera, their cell phone and personal belongings, and a light jacket.

Is lunch included on the tour?

Are restroom breaks offered?