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Plan Your 2020 Family Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains!

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With over 500,000 acres of land, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an expansive, gorgeous destination for your next family vacation! In fact, the Smokies are the most visited national park in the country. With free admission and no gates or closing hours, you can feel free to visit any time that works well with your travel plans. As the best tour of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove Heritage Tours has the inside scoop on the top locations and attractions in the park as well as tips on how to plan your trip. Read on to learn more!


Top Destinations in the Park
With so much area to cover, it can be difficult to know where to start planning your family trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Not to worry! We have some of the top destinations ranked for you, directly from the National Park Service. The top four locations to visit within the park are Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Clingman's Dome, and Roaring Fork.

Cades Cove is the most popular destination in the Great Smoky Mountain…

Book a Private Tour with Cades Cove!

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At Cades Cove Heritage Tours, we offer multiple wonderful tour experiences! From public group tours to overnight trips exploring the wonderful state of Tennessee, we have an experience that fits your adventure style perfectly. We have the best tours of the Great Smoky Mountains, so you really can’t go wrong with any of our options. But one of our favorite ways to customize your experience is to book a private group tour with one of our expert guides. Read on to learn more about why we recommend booking a private tour this winter! 

Enjoy Nature with Your Crew

Booking a private tour with your small or large group of friends and family could be the perfect vacation activity! Bond with one another as you explore nature and journey through the Great Smoky Mountains. Public tours are great and still very educational, but booking a tour for just you and your group can allow you to feel comfortable enough to ask more in-depth questions than if you were in a group of strangers.


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Why We Love the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center!

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a not-for-profit organization that operates as part of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee. We are so proud to be part of the Heritage Center and its mission. We are the best tour of the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Heritage Center is the best museum and historical attraction in the area. What a pair! Read on to learn more about this wonderful place and some of what it has to offer this season. We can't wait to see you there!


About the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Visit the Heritage Center to celebrate the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region. The center features gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations, festivals, and cultural enrichment.

The center's mission is to preserve, interpret, and share the history and culture of the diverse peoples who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Museum
The Great Smoky Mounta…

5 Reasons to Book Our Shuttle Service for Your Event!

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Planning a large event can be stressful, especially when trying to coordinate transportation and parking. Cades Cove Heritage Tours provides not only the best tour of the Great Smoky Mountains, but we also provide fantastic shuttle service! When planning your holiday party, wedding, or any other event, rest assured that Cades Cove Heritage Tours can have your transportation covered. Read on to learn more about why you should book a shuttle from us for your next event.


Convenient Coverage
Cades Cove Heritage Tours covers a wide range of areas for convenient transportation options. You won't have to worry about navigating from place to place. We cover the areas of Townsend, Walland, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg to help cover all of your event transportation needs! Call us today at 865-448-8838 for a quote on your special event.


Stay on Schedule
If guests have to try and find the second venue on their own, they may get lost or sidetracked and arrive late. Providing a shuttle service f…

Cades Cove, Elkmont, and Newfound Gap - Fun Facts and Highlights!

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a vast and gorgeous place to visit. With so much area to cover, it can be difficult to know which locations are best to include on your trip. As the best tour of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove Heritage Tours has you covered with visits to Cades Cove, and on private customized tours, you can visit Elkmont and Newfound Gap. Read on to learn more about each of these incredible places, and don't forget to call and book your own tour with us!


Cades Cove
This is one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies for good reason! Wildlife is abundant in this area, providing great chances to witness wild horses, bears, turkey, coyote, and more.

The history of Cades Cove is rich and interesting. Europeans moved to the area in the early 1800s, and a booming town was born out of the growing logging industry. Once the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, the loggers moved out of town, leaving behind incredible buildings that s…

The Best Smoky Mountains Tour Experience!

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours offers the best tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Some people choose to try and tour the Smokies on their own. but did you know that, on average, only 1 in 100 people come into contact with a Park Ranger when visiting the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? The vast area can be overwhelming to try touring on your own, and you may miss several interesting stops and turns along the way. Schedule a tour with Cades Cove Heritage Tours to experience the ecology and history of Cades Cove like never before! Read on to learn more about why touring with us is the best way to experience Cades Cove at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!


Celebrity Tour Guides
The guides at Cades Cove Heritage Tours are hand-picked for their expertise in the area and their unique ability to captivate their audience. In 2019, we've had three celebrities guiding groups through the Smoky Mountains while providing interesting stories and histori…

How the 1900s Logging Boom Shaped the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Great Smoky Mountains boast a gorgeous landscape, but they also have a rich history that dates back to the 1900s. Read on to learn some of the events that shaped the Smokies into the incredible destination it is today. You can learn even more about the history that shaped this beautiful place by booking a tour with Cades Cove Heritage Tours and one of our several expert guides. We love sharing the story of the Great Smoky Mountains with visitors! Check our availability here.



Early Settlers
White settlers started arriving to this Cherokee Indian Territory in the late 1700s and early 1800s. These settlers lived of the land – hunting, fishing, raising livestock, and growing crops to feed their families. They also used timber from the area to build their homes and fences. While they were utilizing the land’s resources, they were self-sufficient and not depleting the supply in massive quantities. That was all about to change.

Logging Boom
The lumbering industry arrived at the Great …