autumn-barn.jpgCades Cove is a Land of Wonder in the Fall

If you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains this fall, be sure to add a day trip to Cades Cove to your list of things to do! At Cades Cove, you can spend your day, from sun up to sun down, with exciting adventures and experiences. Cades Cove is a 6,800-acre valley, filled with jaw-dropping beauty; especially in the fall. The landscape is unlike anything you've ever seen before. Cades Cove is located about 30 miles from the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Enjoy a day filled with frolicking in the fields, picnicking, wildlife watching, admiring the leaves and exploring historic landmarks.

The History in the Fields

All around the Cades Cove valley you will find primitive homesteads, the original homes of the first settlers, dating back to the 1800s. The structures are free for you to explore: examine fireplaces, look through windows and feel the craftsmanship and hard work put into each hand-laid log. There are also several churches and cemeteries that offer a window into the past. The vibrant autumnal palette of Appalachia frames each structure, creating the effect of an outdoor museum enveloped in a real-life watercolor painting.

Get Out and Play

Cades Cove has several fields to play and picnic in. Toss down a blanket and relax over snacks while you take in all the colors of the Smokies. Drive around on Cades Cove Loop, Sparks Lane and Hyatt Lane to find the many trails to explore with the entire family. The leaves will rustle and blow in the breeze along the way creating the perfect fall fairytale! Find the Abrams Falls waterfall while you're here. Abrams Falls is a picturesque waterfall that offers a twenty-foot drop of cascading water that falls into a deepened pool and stream beneath it. You will have to take a mild hike to get to this point, but admiring the waterfall amongst all of the fall colors is well worth the trek! Cades Cove is also a wonderful place to auto tour. Take a leisurely drive through the valley to see the active wildlife. It is not at all uncommon to see the occasional peek of antlers in the grassy fields, black bears in the trees, and wild turkeys crossing the road!

Book your next stay with Diamond Mountain Rentals and enjoy a cozy Gatlinburg cabin this fall.

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