Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wide Open Spaces Await at Cades Cove.

If you’re visiting White Oak Lodge & Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, chances are you’re looking for wildlife, waterfalls and wide open spaces. When you rent a vacation log home at White Oak Lodge & Resort, you’re just a short car ride away from a magical valley surrounded by mountains where wildlife roams amongst buildings of the past—Cades Cove.

You’ve got four ways to explore:

By Car
You never have to exit a vehicle to tour Cades Cove’s 11-miles. You’ll marvel at panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains, rivers, forest and weathered historic buildings as you slowly crawl by. Nearly 80 historic structures, including churches, schools, grist mills, homes and barns have been preserved in the park.

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By Bike

Jump on a bike and pedal past the amazing scenery during an early summer morning for an unforgettable biking adventure. The paved roads are easy to navigate and are open to cyclists early May through late September until 10 a.m.

By Horse

If horseback riding sounds exciting, jump in the saddle and ride hundreds of miles of horse trails with a guide. Cades Cove has several rental stables that provide mounts and guides for safe passage through the valley.

By Foot

Explore the many beautiful trails just off the paved path. You can hike over 800 miles of trails and discover rivers, streams and roaring waterfalls. Be sure to brush up on your trail safety.

For most who travel to Gatlinburg, wildlife is top on their list of want-to-see experiences. And when you tour Cades Cove in the morning or evening, you’re sure to see a black bear, elk or even a coyote. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars so you don’t miss a thing! We know it’s tempting to feed these animals, but it’s illegal to feed bears and other wildlife at Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Please obey the law for your safety and for theirs.

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Cades Cove’s visitor center is open daily with restrooms, plus picnic areas are open year-round, be sure to leave your area thoroughly clean of all food debris.

If you’re ready to explore Cades Cove, start making your plans to visit Gatlinburg in a log home at White Oak Lodge & Resort. Two- and three-bedroom log homes are available for rent in Gatlinburg, Tennessee today.

What do you look most forward to seeing when traveling to White Oak Lodge & Resort? Share your comments below, maybe a past visitor will have suggestions on where to go!

Photos Courtesy of Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development.