During the months of April and May, Cades Cove really ramps it up with events geared at getting people out into nature. But it’s not just a guided hiking tour, or a day highlighting some of the many historic structures that make up Cades Cove, it’s things like Full Moon tours, blacksmithing, along with birdwatching in the Cove.
And though the ideas may sound simple, they’re pretty effective at drawing a spring crowd. The first event, the Cades Cove Full Moon Tour, takes place in late April on the 25th of the month. That’s followed by another tour the following month on May 23.
Just meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road. Things will get started around 8:30 pm and last till 10:30 pm. It’s a FREE event too. You get to take in Cades Cove from a different, and a very memorable perspective. Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes, some water and a flashlight for this event. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The Full Moon Tour of Cades Cove is subject to cancellation due to hazardous weather.
There’s just one more date to take advantage of the Let’s Go Birding program put on by Cades Cove – April 27. Just be at the Cades Cove Amphitheatre at 8 am for the program, which lasts till around 10:30 am. This is another FREE program put on by Cades Cove. For all the bird enthusiasts out there, this is a great way to see a number of Smokies species in their natural environment – Cades Cove. It’s a morning of bird watching in a spectacular locale. It’s an easy two-mile walk, and don’t forget to bring along your binoculars. Inclement weather can cause cancellation of the program. Call (865) 448-4104 for additional information.
Blacksmithing was as big a part of early Smoky Mountain life as farming and Cades Cove is keeping the tradition alive. Join Cades Cove in April and May for four blacksmithing events, starting April 27 with additional event dates of April 28, May 25, and May 26.
It will all take place at the Cades Cove Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area from 10 am to 4 pm, and like most Cades Cove events it’s FREE! Come learn the art of blacksmithing and why it was such an important part of early Smoky Mountain life. Stop by at any time, the blacksmith program is ongoing through the day. Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.