Things to do in the areaWHAT TO DO while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains/Wears Valley/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Townsend area
Current Conditions & Alerts
Parking tag required effective March 1, 2023
Your vehicle has a valid, state-issued disabled placard or license plate.
Tips for our 4-footed guests
Smoky Mountain Grocery
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park.
Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to all vehicles on Wednesdays from May – September to provide for pedestrian and bicycle use. Exact 2023 dates TBA.
Smoky Mountain Horses
Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, are known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” and are the highest rated Cave or Cavern of the Eastern United States.
Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park.