Cades Cove Bus Tour in Pigeon Forge, TN

153 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!


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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.

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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
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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
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"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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