Hello All, I have been working on organizing our Fall trip to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A group site will enable us to have a location near to an improved rest room facility. THE GROUP SITE IS A TENT ONLY SITE. There is also a covered picnic pavilion with many tables for meal preparation, socializing and games in the evening. I have reserved the group site at my own expense, currently, and would like to pass along some pricing information and ideas for our stay at Cades Cove. First, the cost consideration; for 5 nights, the total cost is $325 for the group site. I am estimating 20 paying members to attend and would want to establish an event price of $20 per person to stay the entire 5 nights. That would be a total of $400 to be collected. The $75 balance, or any additional fees collected beyond those for 20 people would be used for group incidentals such as firewood, ice, charcoal, stove fuel, and a small donation to the Park preservation society.
AGAIN, THE GROUP SITE IS A TENT ONLY SITE. If you plan to have an RV unit you will need to make a reservation independently of this offering.
To answer some of the questions asked previously;
-Linda N and Janice, we have a group site, you will not have to make an individual reservation.
- Domestic pets are allowed in the camp ground but may not be left unattended.
- We have 23 members currently responding in the affirmative to attend. I think we can arrange some car pooling over the next few months.
What can we do at the Cove ? There are several day hikes in the cove ranging from a 5 mile walk to Abrams Falls to 14 miles up to the Appalachian Trail and back. Rich Mountain Trail is a fun 8.8 mile walk. The loop road of 11.5 miles can be driven or walked by stepping over into the adjacent meadows, woods and fields.
There is a historical interpretation area at Cable Mill.
Horseback riding can be arranged along with a hay ride by tractor.
Outside of the Cove we can hike a variety of trails, shop in the surrounding small towns, go to Gatlinburg, and stop by some of the Parks interpretive visitor centers and nature walks.
Additional stuff to know; We can have only 4 cars parked at the group site. One will be mine. If you have a special need or handicapped sticker, we can work with that. We can draw straws for the remaining spots with all other cars being parked at the camp ranger station, a short walk away.
Meals together would be a plus for mornings and evenings. What can we plan ?
I'd be grateful to begin receiving your paid fees in the near future. You can send them to me at
Seminole, Fl 33776
Thank you for your patience while I have worked on this event. Please weigh in on what you might like to do or see this Fall.
Though we were few, Fall at Cades Cove in Great Smokey Mountain NP was an opportunity to see some fantastic Fall colors. With hope that next year we will have more members join us for the trip, I'm setting some dates now to allow for scheduling vacation and setting a budget. We enjoyed, hiking, campfires, car touring around the park and a day of shopping in Gatlinburg. The park also offers horse back riding, photo opportunities, back packing and lots of beautiful places to sit and view the Fall foliage. Please have a look at some of our pictures on the post from this years trip and think about joining up for a trip next Fall.