TOURS OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Public & Private Tours of Cades Cove and More

Cades Cove Tour (Open to the public)

LOCATION: Departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee

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2019 Tour Dates:

  • Sat. Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Sat. July 6, 13, 20, 27**
  • Sat. Aug 17, 24*, 31
  • Sat. Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Sat. Oct 5, 12, 19
  • Sat. Nov 2, 9, 16, 23

*SOLD OUT 
**CANCELLED

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Cades Cove Tour (Open to the public)

COST: $20 per person

LOCATION: Departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee

TOUR LENGTH: Approximately 4 hours (length can fluctuate depending on vehicle traffic in Cades Cove)

TOUR DATES: Tours run on Saturdays from June through November. See below for specifics.

 JUNE

Saturday June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29

JULY

Saturday July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27

AUGUST

Saturday, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Aug. 31

SEPTEMBER

Saturday Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28

OCTOBER

Saturday Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19

NOVEMBER

Saturday Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23

Experience the beauty and history of Cades Cove

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll find Cades Cove. It’s an area lush with history, wildlife and some of the most beautiful views you’ll find in the park. An expert guide will take you on a memorable and education experience perfect for a Saturday afternoon.

 Whether you’re a regular visitor to Cades Cove or this is your first time, there’s always something new to learn or see. Discover the history of the Cove and share in the personal stories of its people. You’ll also learn about the ecology, flora and wildlife of the region.

A tour through Cades Cove will offer you a rare chance to turn off your phone and reconnect with nature in one of the Smokies’ most popular spots. Take a journey into the past as you explore the lives of those who once lived in the Cove and witness its natural wonders in the flora and fauna that grow there.

Make sure you bring your camera!

  • The Cove features several historic buildings, including three churches, log homes, a working grist mill, and other restored structures. You’ll be paying a visit to several buildings on the tour, including the Cable Mill, which is one of the Cove’s most popular spots.
  • The wildflowers of Cades Cove draws visitors each year. Whether it’s mountain laurel, rhododendron, flame azaleas or another type of flora, the Cove is unmatched in its beauty.
  • Different seasons offer different opportunities for photos. In the winter, guests can expect unexpected sights, as the trees have shed their leaves. In the spring, you can expect beautiful, lush vegetation.

 What you need to know!

ACTIVITY RATING: easy, moderate, challenging, demanding

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour will not involve hiking or very much walking, but visitors should be advised the tour does make frequent stops at several sites. Attendees will be entering and exiting the tour vehicles multiple times, and there are also some areas of uneven surfaces. Attendees will also have to climb a few steps to enter buildings in the Cove.

WHAT TO WEAR: In addition to wearing (or bringing) sunscreen, it’s best to dress comfortably. Due to the nature of the tour, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes so you’ll be able to enjoy the stops along the way comfortably. Also, because the tour will continue rain or shine, we suggest you bring a rain jacket, just in case.

WHAT TO BRING: Feel free to bring a camera along for the many photo opportunities you’ll see along the tour. You’re also welcome to bring along non-alcoholic drinks — we recommend plenty of water — or snacks, but be aware restroom facilities are limited in the Cove. A restroom break will be available halfway through the tour at Cable Mill. You can also bring binoculars, a notebook or related items to make the most of your experience. We do suggest having a backpack handy for these items, though, to make exiting the vehicles as simple as possible.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Cades Cove tours are limited to 14-18 guests. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. 

WEATHER POLICY: We reserve the right to cancel or reroute tours up until the last minute due to weather, safety, mechanical failure or other uncontrollable circumstances. In this case we will try to reschedule, give rainchecks, agree on another more accessible destination, or, if necessary, give a full refund. We also wait until the last minute to make these calls. We do not speculate on forecasts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Cades Cove Tour Private Tours

We would be happy to schedule a private tour for a minimum payment of $200 which entitles you to a tour of Cades Cove for up to 10 guests.

Tour Dates:

Arrangements for private tours should be made as far in advance as possible.
Same day tours are unlikely to be arranged.

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Cades Cove with Bill Landry

Departs from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend – See Departure Times Below
Approx. 4 hours depending on traffic in Cades Cove

This is your opportunity to join Bill Landry of “The Heartland Series” fame for a wonderful guided trip around Cades Cove, while Bill shares stories, tales and adventures of the cove.

2019 Tour Dates:

  • Saturday, July 20: 9:30 am
    SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, Aug. 10: 9:30 am
    SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, Aug. 10: 2:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 7, 9:30 am
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: 9:30 am
    SOLD OUT
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Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry

COST: $65 per person (reservations required)

LOCATION: Departs at 9:30 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee

TOUR LENGTH: Approximately 4 hours (length can fluctuate depending on vehicle traffic in Cades Cove)

TOUR DATES: Tours with Bill Landry have limited availability. See below for specifics.

Saturday, July 20

Saturday, Aug. 10

Saturday, Nov. 9

Tour Cades Cove with one of East Tennessee’s most beloved storytellers!

Join longtime host and narrator of WBIR’s the Emmy award-winning “The Heartland Series” for a guided trip around Cades Cove. Even if you’ve seen the Cove before, the celebrated author, producer and actor will make this an experience not to be missed.

Bill will offer his unique brand of humor and Appalachian storytelling as you travel together through the Cove. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the history of the Cove and its people while admiring the beauty of the ecology and wildlife you discover along the way.

Bill has plenty of tales to share about the mountain folk who called the Cove home. He’ll also share interesting stories about the animals and other rarities that keep visitors coming to Cades Cove each year.

Make sure you bring your camera!

  • The Cove features several historic buildings, including three churches, log homes, a working grist mill, and other restored structures. You’ll be paying a visit to several buildings on the tour, including the Cable Mill, which is one of the Cove’s most popular spots.
  • Cades Cove is teeming with wildlife. It’s not unusual to see white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, foxes, turkey or other animals while on tour. While it’s best not to approach or disturb the wildlife you see, they make for a great photo opportunity.
  • The wildflowers of Cades Cove draws visitors each year. Whether it’s mountain laurel, rhododendron, flame azaleas or another type of flora, the Cove is unmatched in its beauty.

What you need to know!

ACTIVITY RATING: easy, moderate, challenging, demanding

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour will not involve hiking or very much walking, but visitors should be advised the tour does make frequent stops at several sites. Attendees will be entering and exiting the tour vehicles multiple times, and there are also some ares of uneven surfaces. Attendees will also have to climb a few steps to enter buildings in the cove.

WHAT TO WEAR: In addition to wearing (or bringing) sunscreen, it’s best to dress comfortably. Due to the nature of the tour, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes so you’ll be able to enjoy the stops along the way comfortably. Also, because the tour will continue rain or shine, we suggest you bring a rain jacket, just in case.

WHAT TO BRING: Feel free to bring a camera along for the many photo opportunities you’ll see along the tour. You’re also welcome to bring along non-alcoholic drinks — we recommend plenty of water — or snacks, but be aware restroom facilities are limited in the Cove. A restroom break will be available halfway through the tour at Cable Mill. You can also bring along binoculars, a notebook or related items to make the most of your experience. We do suggest having a backpack handy for these items, though, to make exiting the vehicles as simple as possible.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Tours with Bill Landry are limited to 17 guests per tour. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. 

WEATHER POLICY: We reserve the right to cancel or reroute tours up until the last minute due to weather, safety, mechanical failure  or other uncontrollable circumstances. In this case we will try to reschedule, give rainchecks, agree on another more accessible destination, or, if necessary, give a full refund. We also wait until the last minute to make these calls. We do not speculate on forecasts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Cades Cove Behind the Scenes Tour with retired National Park Service ranger Mike Meldrum

  • Gregory’s Cave and the thriving business of Joe Gregory
  • The story of the Primitive Baptist Church
  • Managing wildlife in Cades Cove and the Deer Exclosure
  • The CCC Camp
  • The WW II Memorial Tree

2019 Tour Dates:

  • Saturday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Saturday, October 12
  • Saturday, October 26
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Cades Cove Behind the Scenes Tour with retired National Park Service ranger Mike Meldrum

COST: $65 per person with box lunch included — choice of ham, turkey or salad (reservations required)

LOCATION: Departs at 9:30 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee

TOUR LENGTH: Approximately 7 hours (length can fluctuate depending on vehicle traffic in Cades Cove)

TOUR DATES: Tours with Mike Meldrum have limited availability. See below for specifics.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Saturday, Oct. 26

No one knows Cades Cove like a retired national park ranger!

With nearly 20 years of service in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, retired ranger Mike Meldrum is what you might call an expert on the Smokies. A tour with Mike will take visitors to exclusive locations in the Cove, including Gregory’s Cave, the CCC Camp, the World War II Memorial Tree, Cable’s Lodge and more.

Visitors will also have the chance to hear about Joe Gregory’s thriving business.

Back in the day, Joe used to charge visitors 50 cents to explore the cave. Earlier, it was used by Native Americans and Americans alike for various purposes. Aside from reported Civilian Conservation Corps moonshine parties and dances, the cave also hosted a government fallout shelter during the Cold War.

Guests will also be able to learn about the hidden history of Primitive Baptist Church and more.

Make sure you bring your camera!

  • The wildflowers of Cades Cove draws visitors each year. Whether it’s mountain laurel, rhododendron, flame azaleas or another type of flora, the Cove is unmatched in its beauty.
  • Cades Cove is teeming with wildlife. It’s not unusual to see white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, foxes, turkey or other animals while on tour. While it’s best not to approach or disturb the wildlife you see, they make for a great photo opportunity.
  • Many more opportunities await visitors. Just let your imagination run wild.

What you need to know!

 ACTIVITY RATING: easy, moderate, challenging, demanding

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour will not involve hiking or very much walking, but visitors should be advised the tour does make frequent stops at several sites. Attendees will be entering and exiting the tour vehicles multiple times, and there are also some ares of uneven surfaces. Attendees will also have to climb a few steps to enter buildings in the cove.

WHAT TO WEAR: In addition to wearing (or bringing) sunscreen, it’s best to dress comfortably. Due to the nature of the tour, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes so you’ll be able to enjoy the stops along the way comfortably. Also, because the tour will continue rain or shine, we suggest you bring a rain jacket, just in case.

WHAT TO BRING: Feel free to bring a camera along for the many photo opportunities you’ll see along the tour. You’re also welcome to bring along non-alcoholic drinks — we recommend plenty of water — or snacks, but be aware restroom facilities are limited in the Cove. A restroom break will be available halfway through the tour at Cable Mill. You can also bring along binoculars, a notebook or related items to make the most of your experience. We do suggest having a backpack handy for these items, though, to make exiting the vehicles as simple as possible.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Tours with Mike Meldrum are limited to 17 guests per tour. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. 

WEATHER POLICY: We reserve the right to cancel or reroute tours up until the last minute due to weather, safety, mechanical failure  or other uncontrollable circumstances. In this case we will try to reschedule, give rainchecks, agree on another more accessible destination, or, if necessary, give a full refund. We also wait until the last minute to make these calls. We do not speculate on forecasts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Townsend to Sugarlands to Newfound Gap w/ Sam Venable

Join Sam Venable, noted author, columnist, humorist and naturalist, on a trip through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Townsend to Elkmont, Sugarlands, and Newfound Gap.

2019 Tour Dates:

  • Saturday, June 1
  • Saturday, August 17
  • Saturday, September 28
  • Saturday, October 19
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour — from Townsend to Sugarlands to Newfound Gap — with Sam Venable

COST: $65 per person (reservations required)

LOCATION: Departs at 9:30 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee

TOUR LENGTH: Approximately 4 hours (length can fluctuate depending on vehicle traffic in Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

TOUR DATES: Tours with Sam Venable have limited availability. See below for specifics.

Saturday, June 1

Saturday, Aug. 17

Saturday, Sept. 28

Saturday, Oct. 19

Celebrated author, humorist offers unique look at Smokies

For more than four decades, Sam Venable has been amusing readers around East Tennessee as an award-winning writer at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. While Sam might be a humor columnist now, he got his start as an outdoors writer for the paper.

He’s also the author of several books and a local, state and national award winner for his writing. All this goes to show the folks on tour with Sam are in for a memorable adventure and some interesting tales.

The naturalist will lead visitors on a trip through Great Smoky Mountains National Park with stops planned in Sugarlands and Newfound Gap.

Make sure you bring your camera!

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is teeming with wildlife. It’s not unusual to see white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, foxes, turkey or other animals while on tour. While it’s best not to approach or disturb the wildlife you see, they make for a great photo opportunity.
  • Sugarlands and Newfound Gap will offer plenty of chances for a photo of flora and fauna. Many more opportunities await visitors. Just let your imagination run wild.

ACTIVITY RATING: easy, moderate, challenging, demanding

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour will not involve hiking or very much walking, but visitors should be advised the tour does make frequent stops at several sites. Attendees will be entering and exiting the tour vehicles multiple times, and there are also some ares of uneven surfaces. Attendees will also have to climb a few steps to enter buildings in the cove.

WHAT TO WEAR: In addition to wearing (or bringing) sunscreen, it’s best to dress comfortably. Due to the nature of the tour, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes so you’ll be able to enjoy the stops along the way comfortably. Also, because the tour will continue rain or shine, we suggest you bring a rain jacket, just in case.

WHAT TO BRING: Feel free to bring a camera along for the many photo opportunities you’ll see along the tour. You’re also welcome to bring along non-alcoholic drinks — we recommend plenty of water — or snacks, but be aware restroom facilities are limited in the Cove. A restroom break will be available halfway through the tour at Cable Mill. You can also bring along binoculars, a notebook or related items to make the most of your experience. We do suggest having a backpack handy for these items, though, to make exiting the vehicles as simple as possible.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Tours with Sam Venable are limited to 17 guests per tour. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. 

WEATHER POLICY: We reserve the right to cancel or reroute tours up until the last minute due to weather, safety, mechanical failure  or other uncontrollable circumstances. In this case we will try to reschedule, give rainchecks, agree on another more accessible destination, or, if necessary, give a full refund. We also wait until the last minute to make these calls. We do not speculate on forecasts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Bear Viewing w/ Retired NPS Wildlife Resource Officer Kim Delozier

Author, naturalist and former Park Ranger, Kim DeLozier will point out and discuss wildlife in the Smokies. Kim is the author of “Bears in the Back Seat I and II”, humorous and insightful books on Smoky Mountain black bears.

2019 Tour Dates:

  • Saturday, August 3
  • Saturday, August 10
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Elk Viewing w/ Retired NPS Wildlife Resource Officer Kim Delozier

Author, naturalist and former Park Ranger, Kim DeLozier will point out and discuss wildlife in the Smokies. 

2019 Tour Dates:

  • Saturday, September 21
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Elk Viewing with Retired National Park Service Wildlife Resource Officer Kim Delozier

COST: $65 per person (reservations required)

LOCATION: Departs at 2:30 p.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee

TOUR LENGTH: Approximately 6 hours (length can fluctuate depending on vehicle traffic in Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

TOUR DATES: Tours with Kim Delozier have limited availability. See below for specifics.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Saturday, Aug. 10

Learn about elk from an expert!

For 32 years, Kim Delozier was part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s wildlife management staff. During his time with the NPS, Kim worked with a variety of different wildlife, from wild hogs to white-tailed deer and more.

After serving the park for three decades, Kim’s wildlife work took a different route as he joined the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which focuses on elk restoration across the eastern United States. For the past 9 years, Kim has served as a conservation program manager.

While there’s no guarantee that elk will be spotted, Kim still has plenty of interesting tidbits and trivia about the wildlife of the Smokies you’ll be glad he shared. Kim has dedicated most of his life to working with the wildlife of the Smokies and surrounding areas, and each tour proves to be a one-of-kind experience.

Make sure you bring your camera!

  • Cades Cove is teeming with wildlife. It’s not unusual to see white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, foxes, turkey or other animals while on tour. While it’s best not to approach or disturb the wildlife you see, they make for a great photo opportunity.
  • Many more opportunities await visitors. Just let your imagination run wild.

What you need to know!

 ACTIVITY RATING: easy, moderate, challenging, demanding

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour will not involve hiking or very much walking, but visitors should be advised the tour does make frequent stops at several sites. Attendees will be entering and exiting the tour vehicles multiple times, and there are also some ares of uneven surfaces. Attendees will also have to climb a few steps to enter buildings in the cove.

WHAT TO WEAR: In addition to wearing (or bringing) sunscreen, it’s best to dress comfortably. Due to the nature of the tour, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes so you’ll be able to enjoy the stops along the way comfortably. Also, because the tour will continue rain or shine, we suggest you bring a rain jacket, just in case.

WHAT TO BRING: Feel free to bring a camera along for the many photo opportunities you’ll see along the tour. You’re also welcome to bring along non-alcoholic drinks — we recommend plenty of water — or snacks, but be aware restroom facilities are limited in the Cove. A restroom break will be available halfway through the tour at Cable Mill. You can also bring along binoculars, a notebook or related items to make the most of your experience. We do suggest having a backpack handy for these items, though, to make exiting the vehicles as simple as possible.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Tours with Kim Delozier are limited to 17 guests per tour. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. 

WEATHER POLICY: We reserve the right to cancel or reroute tours up until the last minute due to weather, safety, mechanical failure  or other uncontrollable circumstances. In this case we will try to reschedule, give rainchecks, agree on another more accessible destination, or, if necessary, give a full refund. We also wait until the last minute to make these calls. We do not speculate on forecasts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Shuttle Service

  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Special Events
  • Meetings

Create a one-of-a-kind experience for your party!

Have a wedding, group or special occasion coming up? Cades Cove Heritage Tours can make the day even more memorable by offering shuttle service for you and your party.

Whether your group needs a ride from your wedding to the reception or even to and from the rehearsal dinner, we have you covered. Whatever your event, leave the driving to us as you enjoy a relaxing, safe ride to your destination.

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Shuttle Service

Weddings * Rehearsal Dinners * Special Events * Meetings

Create a one-of-a-kind experience for your party

Have a wedding, group or special occasion coming up? Cades Cove Heritage Tours can make the day even more memorable by offering shuttle service for you and your party.

Whether your group needs a ride from your wedding to the reception or even to and from the rehearsal dinner, we have you covered. Whatever your event, leave the driving to us as you enjoy a relaxing, safe ride to your destination.

This service is not limited to weddings, though. We offer shuttle service throughout the Townsend, Walland, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and surrounding area for all of your special events, including meetings and other gatherings. The trip is completely customizable to meet your needs. You set the number of guests, date, hours and drop-off/pickup locations.

Please note: For your safety and security, our experienced drivers will remain on site in case emergency travel is required.

 What you need to know!

RESERVE YOUR TOUR: Call us at 865-448-8838 for a quote.

WEATHER POLICY: We reserve the right to cancel or reroute tours up until the last minute due to weather, safety, mechanical failure or other uncontrollable circumstances. In this case we will try to reschedule, give rain checks, agree on another more accessible destination, or, if necessary, give a full refund. We also wait until the last minute to make these calls. We do not speculate on forecasts.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Explore the Tennessee & Virginia Border for a 2 Day / 1 Night Tour

See a Broadway Show, Stay at a Historic Inn, Explore the Highlands Festival and Touch Million Year Old Fossils.

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2019 Tour Dates:

  • Thursday, July 25 through Friday, July 26

Reservations and payment are required on or before June 20, 2019. No refunds after June 20, 2019.

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Exploring the TN / VA Border

See a play, stay at an Historic Inn, visit the Birthplace of Country Music, explore fossils from a millennia ago and more!

COST: $399 rate per person includes all transportation, taxes, gratuities and service fees. Based on double occupancy. (Single occupancy is available at $590 per person.)

LOCATION: Departs at 7:30 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee. Check-in begins at 7 a.m.

TOUR LENGTH: Two days, one night

TOUR DATES: Thursday July 25 and Friday July 26

See a Broadway show, visit a festival and become a paleontologist for a day!

Cades Cove Heritage Tours offers a two-day, one-night tour that will offer something for everyone. After departing from the Heritage Center in Townsend, you’ll travel to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, where you’ll enjoy a box lunch and have an opportunity to explore where it all began.

From there, you’ll travel to the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, where you’ll enjoy playwright Paul Elliott’s “Exit Laughing.” You’ll round the night out at the Martha Washington Inn, where you’ll enjoy dinner and spend the night.

The day includes a visit to the Virginia Highlands Festival where you’ll enjoy the morning and lunch. You’ll round out the day with by traveling back millions of years once you arrive at the Gray Fossil Museum, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about an active Pliocene-era fossil dig site, learn what fossils have been recovered (so far) and even hold one in your hand. The group will head back to the Heritage Center upon leaving the museum.

What you need to know!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Overnight tours are limited to 24 guests.. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. Deadline is June 20. Rate is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available at $599 per person

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us prior to June 20, 2019. Refunds will not be given for any change made after June 20, 2019

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”

Explore Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capitol of the World

LOCATION: Departs at 7 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.
TOUR LENGTH: Two days, one night

2019 Tour Dates:

  • Thurs Oct. 10 & Fri Oct. 11

Reservations and payment are required on or before September 12, 2019. No refunds after September 12, 2019.

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On your marks, get set and come along with us to Lexington, Kentucky 

COST: $399 rate per person includes all transportation, taxes, gratuities and service fees. Based on double occupancy. (Single occupancy is available at $599 per person.)

LOCATION: Departs at 7 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.

TOUR LENGTH: Two days, one night

TOUR DATES: Oct. 10-11

Explore the history and prestige of the Horse Capital of the World

Cades Cove Heritage Tours has a two-day, one-night tour that offers a look at the horse racing legacy of the Bluegrass State. After departing from the Heritage Center in Townsend, you’ll travel to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington for an afternoon of horse racing that’ll put you in the grandstand! Founded in 1936 and located on the National Register of Historic Places, Keeneland is an internationally renowned race course and the thoroughbred industry’s leading auction house.

The first night will include a “Kentucky Proud” dinner at Ramsey’s Diner, which has been serving the finest recipes for 25 years. Ramsey’s, which is an eight-time winner of the Lexington Herald Leader’s People Choice Awards for best restaurant under $10, features 13 country-style entrees and 23 fresh veggies, in addition to a wide variety of sandwiches and salads.

The second day will feature a self-guided tour of Kentucky Horse Park, which offers visitors a chance to learn more about these majestic creatures and man’s relationship with them. After your tour, you’ll enjoy lunch at Wallace Station Deli, which has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and The Cooking Channel’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

It’s not time to head home yet, though. Your afternoon adventures include two guided tours: one at Sun Valley Mares and another at Old Friends Retirement Horse Farm, which was founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen. Thoroughbreds are offered a chance to retire to this horse farm that seeks to promote these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism.

What you need to know!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Tours are limited to 14-18 guests per tour. Click here or call us at 865-448-8838 to make your reservation. Reservations must be made by Sept. 12.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to cancel or reschedule a reservation without fees and penalties, call us no less than one week in advance. Refunds will not be given for any change made with less than a week’s notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience while protecting the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove.  We offer visitors the choice to take a relaxing guided tour and learn about the natural resources and human history in the Cove, all without having to worry about “who’s going to drive?”