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Along with the beautiful scenic Smoky Mountain views, Cades Cove is also known for all the fun family-friendly things to do. Most of the time when visitors hear of the popular historical landmark they think of the auto tour or hiking, but don’t forget the family-friendly activities like the guided hay rides, horse riding stables and guided carriage rides.
The guided hayride tours at Cades Cove take riders on a scenic tour around the Cades Cove Loop Road where they will be surrounded by the historic buildings left from when Cades Cove was a farming community. Tours can last anywhere between one and half to three hours, during which the tour guides share stories of the early settlers.
The guided hayrides at Cades Cove also presents the perfect opportunity for visitors to witness the natural wildlife of the area. Popular animal sightings include white-tailed deer, raccoons, black bears and woodchucks. Group reservations are available for parties of 15 or more with a 50 percent deposit.
Cades Cove has the only authorized riding stables in the Great Smoky Mountains’ forest. Experienced tour guides take guests on a one hour horseback tour of the lush Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Along the trail riders will cross gently flowing streams and well-maintained mountain terrain. To ensure that each rider gets the most out of his or her experience, Cades Cove limits the riding groups to a maximum of nine people per tour. Riding tours are opened for most ages, but children 16 and under must wear a helmet.
Similar to the hayrides, Cades Cove offers guided carriage rides to give visitors a more intimate horse-drawn tour of the Smoky Mountains. Lasting between 35 and 45 minutes, the guided carriage rides at cades cove allow visitors to sit back and relax while listening to tales and history of the popular Cades Cove. Due to the size of the carriage, passenger limits are six people per tour, however tours run continually throughout the day so all visitors can enjoy a ride.
To learn more about the history of Cades Cove, or the Smoky Mountain area, Visit My Smokies encourages guests to check out their ‘Area Information’ tab on our website. Here you will find unique history and facts about Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains, all to help you and your family plan your next Smoky Mountain vacation.