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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Sights

Cades Cove Picnic Area

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Updated 10/13/2014

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This picnic area, near the beginning of the Cades Cove loop, has 81 picnic tables. Its big advantage is that it's near beautiful Cades Cove valley; the disadvantage is that as many as 2 million people come through this area each year. Also, at only 1,800 feet high, it can be hot and humid in summer. Potable water and flush toilets are available. Bears are fairly common, so closely observe food storage precautions. Spence Field, Anthony Creek, and Thunderhead trailheads

are at the picnic area. There is a campground store here that sells hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, basic grocery supplies, and firewood; it also rents bikes. Open year-round.

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Sight Information


9 mi east of Townsend, near the entrance to Cades Cove Loop and near the Cades Cove campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, 37882, United States


Sight Details:

  • Sept.–Apr., daily dawn–dusk; May–Aug., daily dawn–8 pm

Updated 10/13/2014


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