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Cades Cove Sightseeing Bus Tour

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    Stop At: Cades Cove, 107 Park Headquarters Rd, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738-4102

    Cade's Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing 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 an 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 Cade's Cove. This 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.

    Pass By: Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, 2865 Pigeon Forge Parkway 3 Bears General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

    We leave from the Shops of Pigeon Forge and go directly into Cades Cove then return back to the same starting location.

    Pass By: Wears Valley Village, 3239 Wears Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862-2209

    Head into Wears Valley

    Pass By: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

    Cade's Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    153 E Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Driver/guide
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Live commentary on board
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We enjoyed this tour. They better keep Matt around because it could have bordered on boring if he hadn't kept us entertained and informed. Bummed that we didn't see any wildlife beside 2 deer and some crows, but we go to see areas that we wouldn't have wanted to fight the
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    Had an excellent time on the Cades Cove tour. Matt was a great tour guide. He provided a lot of historical information and kept us entertained for the entire tour. Highly recommend this tour.
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    Matt was our driver/guide. Great sense of humor. Right guide for out reunion group. Very informative and professional. Bus was nice, air conditioned and comfortable. Very knowledgeable of area history.
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    The tour was amazing and Matt was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. He always stop at some of the most beautiful spots to take a pictures and he made sure no one felt left out. I will be back for more tours with Matt
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    We took the Cades Cove Sightseeing Bus Tour today, and had a really good time. Matt was our tour guide and we enjoyed his humor as he gave us background and historical information throughout our tour. I highly recommend Tennessee Mountain Tours. Ask for Matt!
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