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

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 still stand today. Tour with Cades Cove Heritage Tours to view some of the great structures, like mills, barns, log homes, churches, and more.


Approximately six miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont is a large campground that was established in the 1950s. However, the history of Elkmont goes much farther back. In fact, some archeological evidence suggests that humans inhabited the area as far back as the Middle Archaic Period - That's five to eight thousand years before the current time!

The logging industry brought a lot of development to the area, including a railroad and resort communities like The Appalachian Clubhouse. In the present day, the National Park Service is doing work to preserve the 18 remaining cabins that were part of the clubhouse. Four of the cabins are now open to the public to tour, while the others are still undergoing preservation work.

Newfound Gap

Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass-through in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at an elevation of 5,046 feet. Newfound Gap got its name from its discovery as the new-found lowest pass through, replacing Indian Gap for the title. It was discovered in 1872 by a Swiss geographer, Arnold Henry Guyot.

Driving over the Newfound Gap road allows visitors to witness a large variety of scenery. Gorgeous forests of hardwood, pine-oak, and evergreen spruce-fir greet you as you enjoy the landscapes.

Touring the Great Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove Heritage Tours specializes in Cades Cove. We also offer private, custom tours to Elkmont and Newfound Gap. As the best tour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we are experts in the fascinating history of each area and know the best routes to look for wildlife and beautiful views. Pack your bags, grab your camera, and come tour with Cades Cove Heritage Tours!

(All facts sourced from the National Park Service,

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