Cades Cove Hiking

Things To Do

Located at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove is a hiking destination in the Southeast with trails fit for every kind of adventurer. Whether you’re looking for a one-mile or 70-mile hike, you will surely find a trail perfect for you.

Here are some of our recommendations for hiking destinations. If you’re adventuring with us, be sure to always hike with a buddy and carry plenty of water.


If you’re visiting for a short amount of time, we recommend hiking at Cades Cove, one of the most popular destinations in the park. Located about 10 miles from Townsend, Cades Cove is accessible by car and offers spectacular views and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Explore the trails on foot and make sure to check out historic buildings along your way.


Every year between March and July, the Smoky Mountains displays more than 1,500 species of beautiful wildflowers. If you’re looking for a wildflower-heavy hike, take a look at the list we’ve put together below. We especially recommend the Schoolhouse Gap Trail, an easy 2.2-mile hike that begins a few miles off the road leading to Cades Cove that displays colorful spring and summer flowers.



To explore more trails in our area, we recommend using this resource from →

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center 209 Wears Valley Road (865) 448-6090

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