Cades Cove Nature Trail

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The Cades Cove Nature Trail offers visitors a low-impact hike through some of the most beautiful country you are likely to see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail is located about 7 miles into the Cades Cove loop road and about 1 mile past the visitor center. The trail is about 2 miles long and is rated as easy, so as long as you do not have health issues, it should be fine for hikers of all ages. Access to the trail is also quite easy as the trailhead is directly off of the Cases Cove Loop Road. The trail runs in a circle so you will end up essentially where you started as you finish your hike. Hikers should plan to take about an hour for the hike, assuming a relatively leisurely pace. There are brochures available at the Visitor Center that describe the trail and what you may see while hiking.

Generally, the Nature Trail will afford some great opportunities to see the indigenous plant life in Cades Cove, and there is also a reasonable chance that you may see some of the cove’s wildlife as well. Visitors have seen avert things from raccoons to black bears during their hikes on the trail. While you are likely to see other hikers on the nature trail, it is rarely crowded so your experience will not be impacted by crowds.

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