Experience the Smoky Mountains Like Never Before.


Expert Wildlife & Nature Guides


Public and Private Tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park specializing in Cades Cove, Elkmont, Newfound Gap , Clingmans Dome


Over 40,000 guests since 2009


Not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing public knowledge of the history , human culture, wildlife and park management of the GSMNP through educational tours


Expert Smoky Mountain Guides

Public and Private Tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Specializing in Cades Cove, Elkmont, Newfound Gap

Whether you regularly drive through the Smokies or you are a first time visitor, Cades Cove Heritage Tours allows you the opportunity to experience the Smoky Mountains as never before.

We offer fully guided bus tours for individual and group of all ages. Your tours are on comfortable 14 passenger Educational Transportation Vehicles with experienced and friendly guides. Learn all about the history, personal stories, and natural resources that make the Smoky Mountains so unique. And, since you’ve left the driving to us, you can focus on sharing the beautiful scenery and wildlife with your family and friends, instead of worrying about the traffic.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a 501 c3 Not for profit organization and operates as a part of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townsend, TN. To learn more about the GSM Heritage Center, please visit

“I just wanted to say “THANKS” for the extra efforts to arrange the Cades Cove Tour for us on Saturday. Bob was a great host/guide and did an awesome job (despite the continuous rain!!!!) to make our trip a memorable event. Our friends thoroughly enjoyed it.”


Private Tour Customer

“Thank you for the professional, reliable and gracious services you always offer us for our groups too!”


Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN

““Awesome – saw 4 bears. Our guide was wonderful!”


Tampa, FL

“I just wanted to thank the Heritage Center for taking such good care of us Saturday.  The drivers were great and the service was outstanding.  Thanks for helping make our daughter’s wedding day so special! 


Father of the Bride

“We enjoyed the tour very much. We learned a lot about the Cove, and its history. It was my daughter and grand children first visit to the Cove. She was amazed with all the things she learned. My grandkids enjoyed learning about the World War 11 memorial tree. And played with the toys Mike made and gave to them all the way back to the cabin. They never put them down. It was very educational, even though we have visited the Cove before we learned new things about it. Mike is a very good tour guide and would not only recommend the tour to other visitors but would take other tours too. I hope you continue to offer this tour and other tours. I also want to tell you that the lunch was great. The fresh fruit especially good.”

Jill P.

Behind The Scenes Tour Customer, Marine City, MI

Private Tours

We would be happy to schedule a private tour for a minimum payment of $480 which entitles you to a tour of Cades Cove for up to 14 guests on a day and time mutually agreeable to your group and Cades Cove Heritage Tours.  Arrangements for private tours should be made as far in advance as possible. Same day tours will not be available.

Private Tours to other GSMNP destinations available on request. Please call us at 865-448-8838 for more information and a customized quote.